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Tuesday August 23, 2011

Volume CXXXI Special Issue

Welcome back EAGLES!

Be a kid, go to Disney World

Explore St. Augustine

Shop at the Flea Market

Cool off by snorkeling with a Manatee

Rock it out at Universal Studios

Attend Sun’ n Fun

Jump out of a perfectly good airplane

Enjoy the local delicacy of Alligator Meat

Experience Space at Kennedy Space Center

Fly on Embry-Riddle Airlines

Do something different by Kayaking

Hang out at McK’s Tavern

Practice Scuba-diving

Witness a rocket launch

Attend a NASCAR event

Take a road trip to Busch Gardens

Spend some quiet time at Ponce Inlet

Spring Break in Key West

Hang ten while Surfing

Join the roar of Biktoberfest




End of an Era

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Life & Legacy



April 12, 1981, 7 a.m., Space Shuttle Columbia blasts off from launch pad 39A at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Kennedy Space Center. The mission signifies the start of the Space Transportation System and the beginning of a historic program in American manned spaceflight. Thirty years later, the gloried Space Shuttle Program has come to an end. The combined fleet of 5 orbiters was used on 135 missions, accruing more than 1300 days in space over the program’s history. In that time period, many milestones in aerospace development were made as a result of the program. Some of the most notable achievements in the program include the Spacelab, the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and construction of the International Space Station in addition to many other accomplishments. Spacelab was a reusable laboratory carried into space in the payload bay of NASA’s orbiters. It can be credited as the predecessor to the habitation and multipurpose logistics modules (MPLM) on the ISS. The lab allowed astronauts to perform experiments in microgravity and exposure to the vacuum of space. Components of the system flew on 25 missions, starting with STS-2 in 1981 and ended with STS-99 in 2000. Spacelab was one of the first opportunities for international cooperation in the Space Shuttle Program. The very first lab module was constructed in Europe and given to NASA by the European Space Agency (ESA) with the promise that European astronauts would be able to fly on the shuttle. Another historic program made possible by the Space Shuttle is the Hubble Space Telescope. In its early stages, the observatory was bogged with funding and technical issues that were eventually overcome for launch in 1990 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-31 mission. Currently, the Hubble Space Telescope is still in service thanks to the five servicing missions that were made possible by the Space Shuttle Fleet. The trips to Hubble ensured that the famed spacecraft could continue uninterrupted operations through 2014. Every orbiter, with the exception of Challenger, made at least one visit to the orbiting observatory in their decorated service record. Challenger had unfortunately been lost before the launch of Hubble. While many milestones were reached with the space shuttle, two disasters occurred which took the lives of 14 astronauts. Space Shuttle Challenger was lost 73 seconds after launch of STS51L on January 28, 1986. The tragedy grounded the fleet for 32 months pending the results of an extensive investigation by the Rogers Commission. 17 years later on February 1, 2003, tragedy struck again as Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107, broke apart during re-entry over Texas. It was another 29 months before NASA returned an orbiter to space. The tragedies of Challenger and Columbia were devastating to the program, however, the investigations of each incident created a safer environment for astronauts. The more cautious procedures on what was thought to be minor, unavoidable occurrences such as the shedding of foam insulation from the External Tank. While the loss of the Challenger and Columbia were setbacks in the program, the Space Shuttle rose from the ashes of defeat to achieve its crowning accomplishment: the completion of the International Space Station (ISS). The space station is a monumental accomplishment made possible by the cooperation of 15 countries across the globe. The United States Space Shuttle Program served as the backbone of the construction project sending many modules, solar arrays and support trusses into orbit in its spacious payload bay. The components not sent up by NASA and its fleet of orbiters were sent into space by launch vehicles from other nations for later assembly by crews on the shuttle. Throughout the program, the fleet of orbiters docked with the ISS 37 times over a period of 13 years for construction, crew rotation and resupply. With the ending of the NASA Shuttle Program, a chapter of American manned spaceflight has come to a conclusion. The ISS has been successfully built, the Hubble serviced a final time and many satellites are in orbit all thanks to the space shuttle. While one chapter is ending, America will return to space in a new spacecraft and travel to distances outside the shuttle’s range. It is not the end, but the beginning of a new era in space travel and American ingenuity. The world thanks everyone involved with the space shuttle and it will be sorely missed as an active launch vehicle. With the final mission over, all three remaining space shuttles will be sent for display at aerospace museums across the country. If you wish to see one of the famed vehicles, they will be on display in the coming months in the following museums. Space Shuttle Enterprise, OV-101, will be moved from the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Replacing the Enterprise at the Air and Space Museum will be OV-103, Discovery. Upon completion of post launch processing to remove hazardous materials and chemicals from the orbiter, Endeavour, OV-105, will be placed on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA. Finally, Space Shuttle Atlantis, OV-104, will remain at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex in Florida. If a retired shuttle is not going to be in a city near you, many artifacts from the program will be scattered across the country in other museums. Various shuttle simulators will be placed on display in Chicago, IL; McMinnville, OR and Texas A&M while full scale training mockups will go to Seattle, WA and Dayton, OH. Numerous other museums will memorabilia from the space shuttle program as well. Whether an orbiter, or only parts of an orbiter are coming to a city near you, a trip to see part of an American Icon is well worth the trip.

- Andrew Zaback



A8 Anna Merhalski Parking and Traffic Services The Parking & Traffic Services Office wants your time on campus to be safe and enjoyable. In order to achieve these goals, we need your help and cooperation. All vehicles parked on ERAU property require a valid parking permit which will be displayed on your vehicle by affixing it to the outside rear window (lower left-driver’s side). All students should be prepared to provide an ERAU

Parking Updates Eagle ID, current vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. These documents must be presented every time a Student applies or renews for a parking permit. The cost of permits/decals is $35.00 and is valid for one full academic year. This fee will be charged to your student account by use of your Eagle ID. When you purchase your permit, you will be issued a Parking & Traffic Rules Handbook explaining the rules and regulations on campus. You may also register your bicycle free of charge

through this office and consider our Lease-a-Lock Program for added security. Due to current construction and many future improvements that will impact parking and traffic patterns, certain lots within the University community will be closed and the color designations changed. Please take care to park legally and drive slowly. To avoid receiving citations, please become familiar with the projected changes on the map displayed below. Office Hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Southeast corner of the Student Center

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Residents of the Student Village will now use red parking labels and will only be able to park in the lots around the village (#19 & #20). The sand area around the soccer field has been surfaced and will be able to accommodate all residents of the village. Parking lot #18, has turned from green to yellow There are no changes

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in lot #3 for now, but there will be when “Alphabet Soup” is torn down as part of construction later in the year. Parking lot #10 was once a blue/yellow parking lot, is now a fully green lot. Parking lot #6, in front of Doolittle Hall, will now be fully for commuter students. Parking lot #11, behind the College of Business, is now fully

staff/faculty parking. A small strip of parking between McKay hall and the Interfaith Chapel, also known as “Mustang South,” has turned from blue to green. Though changes will always be problematic, the student body can rest assured that we will be the ones benefitting from the new parking arrangements and reallocation of the lots.


Flight Operations Center 

360 ° of visibility from our new flight operations tower

New flight planning area with real-time weather

… and some super sweet lockers to store books while I’m flying!

REDUCED CRJ LAB FEE An amazing 71% reduction!! SIMULATION CENTER New Redbird X-Wind 200 ATDs

TUTOR LAB New Redbird G1000 ATDs

New Hire Program Congratulations to all 75 Instructors recently hired by Regional Airlines! Get the upper edge as an ERAU Instructor Pilot


Competitive salary

Comprehensive benefits and...

Free tuition for full-time Instructor Pilots


Safety Quality


Where The Eagles Fly - Where You Fly

ERAU Astronautics Engineering alumni present at Astrodynamics Conference Paul V. Anderson

Special Correspondent GIRDWOOD, AK – The astrodynamics team from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently presented their undergraduate senior design projects to the professional community at the 2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference in Girdwood, Alaska, held August 1-4. Recent Spring 2011 graduates Paul V. Anderson, Kyle Fanelli, and Robert Phillips, with current undergraduate student Parv Patel and under the guidance of faculty advisor Bogdan Udrea, extended their astronautics research conducted as senior design students within the Aerospace Engineering degree program at ERAU and presented their unique findings to professionals from industry to academia at the event. The AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conferences are held annually to demonstrate the current state of knowledge in the astrodynamics field and are globally renowned for developments in orbital mechanics, spacecraft attitude dynamics, and satellite guidance, navigation, and control. Anderson, Fanelli, and Phillips are Spring 2011 graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering program with an Astronautics concentration; Patel is an upcoming Fall 2011 graduate of the program with dual concentrations in Astronautics and Propulsion. Fanelli is furthering his graduate studies at ERAU with the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering program; Anderson and Phillips are pursuing their graduate studies at other institutions, but fully represented

ERAU at the conference. At the event, Anderson presented his research entitled “Validation of a Finite Sphere Gravitation Model with Applications to Comet 67P/ Churyumov- Gerasimenko”, which developed an innovative finite element approach to modeling the gravitational fields of small bodies (asteroids, comets, planetary satellites); methodology for modeling the geometry of comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko, target of the European Space Agency Rosetta mission, was furthermore illustrated. Phillips and Patel presented their collective research effort “Small Body Gravity Field Approximation Methods”, which analyzed alternative finite element definitions for modeling small body gravitational fields; their research implemented inventive numerical techniques for densely packing arbitrary three-dimensional geometries with spherical and ellipsoidal elements of variable size. Fanelli presented his proposed spacecraft design “Mini-satellite for Drag Estimation (MinDE): A Satellite as a Sensor System”, which recommended conical spacecraft geometry with a well-defined drag coefficient in tandem with highly accurate accelerometers and spectrometers to reduce uncertainties in atmospheric drag measurements to less than 1% for purposes of precision atmospheric modeling. Together with Professor Cameron Wang of the Mechanical Engineering Department (“A Linear Correction Approach for Precision Interplanetary Transfer Trajectory Design”) and Professor Bradley Wall of the Aerospace Engineering Department of the Prescott campus (“A 3D Shape-Based Approximation Method


THE ASTRODYNAMICS TEAM FROM Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the 2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist conference in Girdwood, AK. Left to right: Parv Patel, Robert Phillips, Bogdan Udrea, Paul Anderson, Kyle Fanelli. for Low-Thrust Trajectory Design”), Professor Bogdan Udrea and his team successfully established an ERAU presence at the preeminent 2011 AAS/ AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and achieved wellearned recognition throughout the professional astronautics community. According to Udrea, “Of the many ways of involving under-

graduate students in research, the senior year capstone design class is the best. During the senior year, most of the students have the necessary skills and are starting to form the bigger picture of their respective careers. In the preliminary and detail design courses the class is divided into teams of similar interest that each work on a topic selected from a larger

and specific project or from a list of topics of interest – these students thus had the opportunity to work on a project driven in a context similar to that encountered in the industry or government labs. This approach to teaching the spacecraft design class will continue and is expected to produce similar high quality results and open the door for M.S. and Ph.D.

level research in the Aerospace Engineering Department here at ERAU.” Anderson, Fanelli, Phillips, and Patel hope to continue working with the next generation of senior design students in the Astronautics concentration of the Aerospace Engineering program to further advance the technical presence of ERAU in this field.

Sharing faith The sky is just the beginning Kevin Matiko CSU

The Catholic Student Union (CSU) is pleased to welcome both returning students as well as new students to the upcoming school year. The CSU contributes to college life by emphasizing three primary aspects of the organization. The CSU believes that students benefit from a strong spiritual, service, and social orientated atmosphere. The spirituality aspect of the CSU is based primarily around the weekly celebration of the Eucharist. Mass is celebrated by Fr. Tim Daly each Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel on campus. However, the spiritualitybased foundation allows for a relationship to be forged with the local community as well. Embry-Riddle students often participate in sanctioned events put on by the local Catholic Church, the Basilica of St. Paul. These events include social, educational, as well as faithbased experiences. ERAU students are also known for incorporating what they have learned from other parishes to our environment. Recently, the CSU incorporated their adapted version of the Why Catholic seminar on campus. Students lead groups to dive into the fundamentals of the faith. This relationship with the local community also allows for the CSU to have a priest at the celebration of Mass each week. Besides the benefit of having a presider for mass, the surrounding community also strives to

give back. Each month, volunteers from surrounding parishes bring home cooked meals for the students of the CSU. Due to the association with the local community, the CSU is able to participate in a variety of service opportunities as well. In the past, the CSU has assisted with community clean ups, visiting the elderly, community walks, as well as manual service for those in need. This last spring, the CSU was able to coordinate activities with the Habitat for Humanity chapter of Volusia County. Many of us look forward to the various opportunities this semester brings in regard to service. Typically, the CSU strives to have a large social gathering once a month. In the past, social activities have included, but are not limited to: bowling, ice-skating, miniature golf, and Daytona Cubs baseball. While the larger events occur once a month, following mass each week there are smaller social activities. Traditionally, the events are designed to bring the members of the organization together for more than worship. The Catholic Student Union is pleased to welcome new students to college life. To help you get oriented with the Interfaith Chapel and the CSU, stop by the open house on Thursday, August 25 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m and meet the members of our leadership ministry board. On behalf of the CSU, we urge new students as well as returning students to stop by on Sunday in the Interfaith Chapel at 7:00 p.m., feel free to bring friends and family, regardless of faith, everyone is welcome.

Jeremy Girton ERFSEDS

You have decided to attend the premier school for aerospace related higher education, so why not join the premier rocketry club on campus, Embry-Riddle Future Space Explorers and Developers Society (ERFSEDS)? Now gaining international attention, ERFSEDS is known for pushing the limits of high power rocketry and winning international competitions. By joining ERFSEDS, you can gain valuable engineering experience, learn rocket fabrication techniques, and make excellent alumni contacts within the industry that will be valuable in your career after ERAU. Although ERFSEDS primarily consists of engineering majors, our club is more than happy to welcome all majors. From experience, we have learned that having a handful of majors benefits

our club greatly! ERFSEDS has plenty of projects to offer its members. Don’t have any experience with rocketry? Not a problem at all! We will teach you everything you need to know to be a part of our teams. This is done through a short one-night class we offer at the beginning of each semester called “Rocketry 101.” From there you can choose to be a part of many of the ongoing projects such as the Pathfinder and Artemis programs, both of which compete at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), a now international competition that ERFSEDS teams have won two years in a row. In addition to these high caliber projects, by joining ERFSEDS you can also join the hybrid rocket or the Prometheus Motor Design teams. ERFSEDS has plenty of other exciting and fun opportunities such as National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Certification Workshop, X-launches, Relay for

Life, Charity House, and other community outreach events! To become a part of this premier rocketry club at EmbryRiddle, stop by the ERFSEDS information table at the student activities fair and we will be happy to answer your questions. You can also visit our website at the following address, http://

come together to solve various issues that affect nations such as disarmament, international affairs, development, human rights, and humanitarian aid. As a team, MUN travels the country to attend several conferences throughout the US while representing a certain country. Students role play delegates from their respective country and work together to solve pressing issues. The ERAU MUN team has traveled to Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New Orleans to participate in these conferences, just to name a few places. Additionally, MUN hosts a conference on campus in the fall called ERMUN. The MUN team also participates in the annual Floyd M. Riddick Model Senate hosted by Stetson University in Deland, Florida, the oldest Model Senate in the Country.

It is important while at any conference to not break character and to represent that country’s or senator’s politics to the best of their ability. The MUN team at ERAU has won awards countless times ranging from Best Committee to Outstanding Delegate. EmbryRiddle’s team has walked away from conferences bringing home, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel by typing in “ERFSEDS.” Lastly if you have any further questions please contact Jeremy Girton, ERFSEDS Public Relation Officer at girtonj@ Hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!


Engineering politicians Lauren Massey

Model United Nations Have you ever wanted to improve your public speaking skills or just wanted to learn and have some fun with politics? Imagine yourself being in an environment full of other students sharing a common interest of politics and current events? Then you should join Model United Nations (MUN.) Since 1999, MUN at EmbryRiddle has been showing that ERAU is more than just an aviation university. MUN offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of current events facing the world, while practicing problem solving and public speaking skills. MUN is designed to simulate the actual UN body. The UN body is comprised of 192 countries that

more awards than Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Cornell, besting students who are well placed to pursue jobs in politics in the future! If you are interested in improving your public speaking skills or just want to be around other students who share common interest in politics. Email the MUN team at

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Steven Seyler AIAA

If you are looking for an organization that offers exciting and challenging projects as well as networking and exposure to the professional aspect of engineering, there is only one place to look. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Branch at Embry-Riddle provides both the opportunity to meet professionals in your desired job field and network for your future, as well as providing the means to participate in a variety of design projects that are not only fun, but provide valuable experience. The AIAA Student Branch participates in a variety of design competitions that cover all areas of interest in aerospace. This includes engine design competitions, aircraft design and build competitions, and satellite design and build competitions. There is always room on teams for interested and dedicated members.

Along with membership in the student organization, you can become a member of the national organization and receive even more benefits. As a national member of AIAA, you gain access to a huge digital library of published papers and journals on any aerospace topic imaginable. This provides a great place to start for research papers and projects, and is a resource exclusively for members. Also included with national membership is a subscription to Aerospace America, AIAA’s monthly publication that will keep you up to date with all things new in the aerospace industry. One of the most useful perks of being a national member is the ability to post your resume to be seen by potential employers, as well as being able to communicate with other members. You will also receive updates on local conferences to attend where you can listen to presentations and interact with professionals. For freshman and sophomores, there are also numerous scholarship opportunities.

In recent history, the AIAA Student Branch at Embry-Riddle has organized a wide variety of events with great success. The largest of these events was a special interest tour of Kennedy Space Center, including a special presentation by Space Shuttle Discovery engineer Andrew Sokol. Last year was the most active in recent history, with numerous events on and off of campus. Speakers included Allan McDonald, Thiokol engineer and investigator of the Challenger disaster and Al Worden, Apollo 15 astronaut. Student-faculty interaction was a focal point of many activities, including a barbeque at nearby Tomoka State Park and the always popular Pizza with Faculty event. For this year, the AIAA Student Branch has even more planned as it looks to build upon last year’s success. This year’s plans include more student/faculty events, continuation and expansion of design projects, special interest tours within the industry, and the annual dinner meeting.

Nicole Hester & Kendra Heticks BAJA SAE

There are a wide variety of clubs and activities to choose from at Embry-Riddle, but few offer hands-on learning experiences. The Lady Eagles Baja Team SAE Team is one of those that does and is one of the few all-female clubs on campus. Over 70% of students at EmbryRiddle are men which can make it challenging for women to find a place to feel comfortable sharing ideas and gaining invaluable hands-on experience. The Lady Eagles Baja SAE team provides such an opportunity. You might be asking yourself, “What is a Baja Team?” The Lady Eagles Baja SAE Team designs, builds (from scratch), tests and races a single-seat, off-

road Baja car. Every year, we attend an inter-national competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The competition is a truly unique experience where you learn to think on your feet, contribute to a team effort, and network with other teams from across the USA and around the world. Taking the Baja car to competition tests and evaluates the design, providing insight to improve the car. The competitions are sponsored by different Universities every year, so it is also an opportunity to travel to different parts of the country. This year we are designing and building a new vehicle and are looking for female students to join our team. If you are interested in being part of a club of hardworking women, being involved in a

hands-on engineering project, want to find somewhere to be with other girls on campus, and to be part of an amazing team that likes to have a lot of fun, this is the club for you. No automotive experience is necessary; we will teach you everything you need to know about building a Baja car. Although most team members are engineers, no matter what your major or class standing is, all interested women are encouraged to participate. If you would like information about joining the team please contact team captain Amanda DuVal ( or co-captain Kendra Atticks ( Look for us at the For Women Only event on Friday, August 26 in the Willie Miller Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. or at the Activities Fair in September.


Are you tough enough? Gutti Ingvason Crew

What’s the fastest sport sitting down, going backwards? It’s ROWING and the EmbryRiddle Crew team is looking for athletic individuals who know the values of teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. There are eight reasons you should join in 2011: 1). Unbeatable Fitness Rowing is known as a “full body workout”, because of its wide range of muscle usage, as well as amazing cardiovascular conditioning. Crew is also low impact since proper rowing is based on a smooth motion that places minimal stress on your body. FACT: At the summer Olympics, several top trainers were asked, “Out of all the athletes in the Olympics, who is in the best overall physical condition?” It was definitive…the rowers (of course). 2). No Experience Necessary Never heard of crew before? No problem; we will teach you everything you need to know and gradually improve your physical conditioning. 3). Cheap Dues! For a self-sufficient campus

club, we have very inexpensive dues at only $75 a semester. 4). Lots of Equipment We have our own facility at the Halifax River Boathouse, right next to Jackie Robinson ballpark (about 3 miles from campus). We have a fleet of boats as well as rowing and weight machines. 5). Lots of Competition We have a regular intercollegiate schedule and race against many schools such as UF, FIT, UCF, FSU, JU, Stetson, Rollins, and crews from every state in the southern region when we go to the annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. Regatta (SIRA). We also compete against school from around the country like University of Texas, Purdue, and Michigan. 6). Make New Friends One of the best ways to make new friends on campus is to join a club. Because teamwork is such an important part of rowing, you will really bond with your fellow rowers. 7). Crew is Good for your Resume Crew has long been recognized as a prestigious sport synonymous with elite discipline, persistence, dedication, and above all, teamwork. Since rowers require all these traits, they

are immediately recognized as superior candidates. 8). Rowing is for Everyone Rowing is a co-ed sport (on many college teams the women’s squad is bigger than the men’s). We also have lightweight and heavyweight classifications. Are you a great motivator and love competition? We also need coxswains (the [often small] person in the back of the boat that yells orders to the rest of the crew and is a leader in boat strategy)! It’s a vital position on the team, not to mention a fun one. Whether it’s the speed, the Zen-like unison of motion, or the raw competition, everybody can find something they love about crew. So come out and give it a try! Interested in joining or want to find out more? Just send an e-mail to our club president: Gutti Ingvason, ingvasog@ at any time. Also, an informational meeting will be held on campus during the first week of September. There will be flyers posting with the time and location. Practice for the Fall is from 4-6pm MTWTHF and 8-10am on Saturday. Have schedule conflicts? It’s ok, most people do and we can usually work with them. We hope to see you soon!


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Megan Elsberry ERRSA

Are you looking to get involved and meet new people? Looking for leadership oppor-

tunities? Want to have some fun while building up your résumé? Achieve it all and more by joining the Embry-Riddle Resident Student Association (ERRSA). Throughout the year, the students of ERRSA, also known as Hall Representatives, host countless events and help to be a voice for students living on campus. Residents can join the executive board, be a part of a committee or just be a general member. You also have the opportunity to attend state, regional and national conferences to meet other student leaders and develop leadership skills. This is a great group to join if you want to leave your mark at Embry-Riddle. Plus, ERRSA could not do all that it does without your involvement and

support. Come learn more about ERRSA and meet the staff at our first office party on Tuesday, August 30, between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. You can find us in the Student Village Atrium, room TC 205. The ERRSA office will soon become your home away from home where you can watch television, play video games, check out cleaning supplies or even rent a couple of DVDs from our collection of over 800 films (and yes, it includes movies about planes too)! If you are looking to have some fun and make a difference, stop by our interest meeting on Wednesday, August 31, at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Village Fountain Room. There will be food and beverages provided, so be sure to bring your appetite!

Designing for the future Alexander Manasseh ENDEC

The Engineering Design Club (ENDEC) is unique among the other project related clubs on campus, since we consider developing professional and well balanced members our main priority. We create projects, but the goal of the project is to provide our members with valuable experience. All projects need well trained and disciplined members to make it happen! This year we are proud to announce new training curricula that will give our members a leg up on other club members. These training curricula are modeled after Department of Physical Sciences lab manuals, in that they are compartmentalized training manuals that contain all of the tutorials and steps needed to go from having

no understanding of the subject to having practical knowledge; enough to have a good foundation on the subject while still being useful on the job. The subject areas for our manuals are: Printed Circuit Board design using OrCAD, Microcontroller Programming, Soldering and Electronic Assembly, and Electronics Prototyping and Troubleshooting. In the future we plan to add tutorial manuals in the areas of Project Management and Technical Writing. The Engineering Design Club is primarily dedicated to the training of its members, but is also involved in their development as professionals. The Engineering Design Club has contacts with local high schools so members can easily volunteer. ENDEC believes that successful, happy members make good members, so we provide résumé critiques and guidance for all of our members. ENDEC has had members receive internships based almost solely on work done in ENDEC; employers find the skills that we teach to be extremely valuable, but we will also help you sell yourself to prospective employers. In terms of projects, we at ENDEC believe that to try and be everything leaves you nothing, so we are focusing on one

single, large project. The Embry Riddle Future Space Explorers and Development Society (ERFSEDS) launch a small sounding rocket at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition every year and ENDEC builds a scientific payload to fly on the rocket. ENDEC and ERFSEDS have shared a fortuitous two 1st places for two years in a row. For our third year at the competition, ENDEC wants to blow the competition away with an extremely competent, robust and precise scientific rocket payload. This new payload will conform to the physical form factor of a CubeSAT, which may pave the way toward CubeSAT development in ENDEC. This semester will be a landmark semester, as we hope to train lots of new members. We are looking for members who are ready to learn and have a good work ethic. ENDEC puts emphasis on the ability to work individually or autonomously, so if you are able to stay focused and motivated on individual work you will likely gain a lot from working with ENDEC. If you are interested in joining a group of students that want to develop professional skills in engineering projects, feel free to contact Alexander Manasseh at

Matthew Nowacki

SAE Formula Hybrid The Embry-Riddle Formula Hybrid team designs, builds, tests, and then competes a high performance hybrid racecar for the SAE Formula Hybrid International Competition. This competition, held annually in New Hampshire, focuses on the design, marketing, and racing of high performance hybrid powertrains. In the 2007 inaugural event, ERAU Formula Hybrid took 2nd place in the world, 1st place in the United States, and won awards for the Best Hybrid Systems Engineering and Most Innovative Design. In the 2008 competition our team again took 1st nationally and 2nd place internationally, placing 1st in every single design category except for one. In the 2011 competition, the team worked relentlessly to create a car from the ground up, but finished 11th place overall after failing to complete the electrical system in time preventing us from passing electrical inspection. For the 2012 competition, the team is focusing on redesigning the electrical system emphasizing safety and simplicity, overall

vehicle weight reduction, and implementing control systems employed on high performance consumer vehicles. Highlights from the 2011 competition car include our 3rd generation carbon A-arms, carbon monocoque chassis, and limited-slip differential, all manufactured and assembled in-house, which provided significant weight reduction and ensured quality control. Our car features a completely new battery propulsion layout designed to improve performance and increase vehicle efficiency, while still giving us a full parallel hybrid powertrain. Allowing the vehicle to be powered by the electric motor, the gasoline engine, or in tandem, gives the driver ultimate control of the vehicle under variable conditions. To improve dynamic and static event scores, the team will be focusing on reanalyzing overbuilt structures, implementing data acquisition, stability control, traction control, and improving overall packaging. ERAU Formula Hybrid prides itself on being an undergraduate student team, where we encourage dedicated students of all experiences, skill levels, and majors to join.

Freshmen are particularly encouraged to join since no experience is required to become part of our team. The team works throughout the year in the SAE Shop (LB 183) and the Manufacturing Lab (LB 182) both located in the Lehman Engineering Building. Team meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays in the SAE shop located through the Manufacturing Lab starting on the 2nd Monday of the Fall Semester (Sept. 5). Engineering students can work on the team for technical elective credit, which is a great way to fulfill your degree requirements. ERAU is noted for graduating engineers with the practical skills that equate to great value in the job market. Working on this team is an excellent way for engineering students to develop hands-on practical skills to complement their classroom learning and make themselves much more marketable when it comes time for internships and job searches. Interested students should contact Matthew Nowacki by email ( nowackimatthew@, attend the Formula Hybrid meetings, or stop by the SAE Shop when the team is working.


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Jessica Linkletter & Kevin Wade Pep Band

Not quite ready to give up that instrument you learned in high school? Want to support Embry-Riddle in the coolest way possible? Then join one of only a handful of musically inclined clubs on campus: the Pep Band and Drum Corp here at ERAU! We perform for the: Girl’s Volleyball team, Men’s Basketball team, Ice Hockey Club, a local high school’s football team and anything else the requires our unique brand of “rent-a-mob with instruments”. As a member of the pep band you would attend practices twice

a week (as long you don’t have a prior academic commitment) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., regularly perform at games and have the opportunity to enjoy some noninstrument time with your band mates (such as midnight trips to Denny’s and Steak and Shake after games, home-cooked dinner nights, etc.) Transportation to and from games, and even to and from outof-band activities will be provided by members of the band with a vehicle, so do not worry if you think you cannot get off campus. Please feel welcome to join us for our first practice on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:45 p.m.; if you do not have your instrument with you at the time you can still sit in and watch how we run things.

As one of the louder groups on campus, we have our very own special building on campus. It is located across Clyde Morris Blvd. in the second modular (aka mobile unit/trailer) behind the ROTC building, if you think the directions are too confusing you can meet up with one of our members in front of the Student Village entrance around 6:30 p.m. They will be wearing a blue jersey with Pep Band @ ERAU in yellow on the front. Please bring your instrument with you if you have it. If you cannot make it to the first practice you can come any Tuesday or Thursday at 6:45 p.m. and just ask around for someone important or find our table at the activities fair.

Speaking without a sound Lanie Wagenblast Sign Up!

Sign-Up! is a sign language and Deaf culture club that is made up of unique and motivated individuals who strive to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between the Deaf and the hearing oriented world in which we all live. The rapidly growing club currently meets in the Doolittle Annex at 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays to discuss silenced issues and to expand knowledge on the use of body language and vocabulary in American Sign Language (ASL). Last fall, the club exposed itself for the first time to the Deaf community virtually via YouTube! At a tournament held by Gallaudet University, the most prestigious Deaf university in the world, Embry-Riddle’s basketball team presented a ‘hello message’ to the host team which was created by a few of the Sign-Up! members. Though inexperienced and new to ASL, students jumped at the opportunity to work together to create the video. Members introduced the goals of the Sign-Up! club, showed appreciation for ERAU’s invitation to the tour-

nament, and wittily wished the Gallaudet team luck on the court! The learning experience was exciting for the students and was moving for Mr. Richard Stickney, Sign-Up!’s advisor, who is a Deaf Studies graduate. Mr. Stickney understood how big an impact this small gesture had on not only the relationship between SignUp! and Gallaudet, but on ERAU and the Deaf community as a whole. With the help of Mr. Stickney, coaches, ERAU administrators, club members, and ASL dictionaries, Sign-Up! members were able to communicate their strong interest in learning America’s second language and express their respect for the Deaf community without saying a single word! Stepping out from behind the camera and into the eyes of ERAU, Sign-Up! had the chance to perform the song Firework by Katy Perry, live, at last spring’s Acafellas annual concert. The group of talented, male vocalists invited Sign-Up! to interpret the song in ASL while they sang along. It was exciting for both groups to be able to collaborate and perform an experience that, for hearing people, is usually taken for granted.

The gentlemen who sang then further surprised the audience and took the time to learn the chorus of Firework in ASL themselves! This event was an eye opener for many and a memorable concert to end Sign-Up!’s productive year on. As this next school year approaches, returning Sign-Up! members look forward to expanding their abilities by starting ASL classes with a local Deaf instructor. Also, currently planned for this fall semester is a visit from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind’s (FSDB) dance troupe on October 11. This campus wide event will be take place as part of the Tuesday’s Treasure program, As a sign of gratitude for the club’s great enthusiasm and interest in their appearance, FSDB honored ERAU’s visit with priority in the troupe’s busy performance schedule for the year, and Sign-Up! is anxiously awaiting their arrival! If anyone is interested in joining Sign-Up! or wants to know more on how to get involved with our local Deaf community, please contact Lanie Wagenblast, president, .

Simeon Kushan Scrabble Club

Get ready to test your word skills against players who love the fun, addictive and challenging game of Scrabble as much as you do. Play the game which combines the ingredients of strategy, memory and luck that rewards those who can spot opportunities, play consistently, and even come from behind by conjuring up a bonus at the right moment. The Scrabble Club welcomes players of all levels, from those who have played a few games on their gadgets or with family and friends, to the experienced players who have previously participated in a club or a tournament. Be part of a Scrabble community where everyone learns from each other and enjoys playing Scrabble in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere. The club will host weekly rounds of scrabble at a time convenient to the majority of people who are interested. Equipment will be provided, however those who have their own boards and chess clocks (or a chess clock app) are welcome to bring them along. Newcomers to the game will be given a thorough training of

basic rules, rack management and board strategy, as well as vocabulary resources to master in their spare time. They can also play consultation games with an experienced player who will offer guidance and invaluable tips on how to improve quickly. To make life easier, beginners will be allowed some liberties including access to 2 and 3 letter word lists while playing, extra time on the clock and no penalty for challenges. More accomplished players will relish the challenge of playing with a competition level player and gaining some valuable playing time. As a fun option, players can also test their aviation knowledge in a unique thematic variant of the game called ‘Aviation Scrabble’. After the club has sufficient members, monthly tournaments will be held with competition rules including time restrictions, a specific order of play for each turn and penalties for unsuccessful challenges to name a few. Players will be paired in the early rounds according to their playing ability using a rating system, with the later rounds being randomly drawn and played in a knockout format. Being placed in the top three will earn prizes and valuable

rating points. Prizes will also be offered to exceptional plays, highest number of bonuses, high scoring games and words, as well as the word of the tournament and last but not the least, to the player of the semester. The club is actively looking for players and members for the executive board, so anybody interested can contact the president. The club is also looking for sponsors for the tournament prizes as an alternative to having a small membership fee to cover the costs, so any offers are welcome. The meeting day will be fixed by majority vote, and will be announced by email to those who contact the president as well as being listed on the university events calendar. Those interested in meeting a club representative and learning more about the club can stop by at the Activities Fair later this fall semester. We will also be a part of the National Gaming Day event in the Hunt Library on November 12. The president and the club look forward to welcoming you as a member of this new club and being a part of the Scrabble community. Please contact: simeonk@ or Student Activities


Come fly with the Sport Aviation Club Nick Candrella

Sport Aviation The name Embry-Riddle is known worldwide in conjunction with aviation; it just goes together like weight and balance go together. Nowhere is this fact reflected better than in our student body. We love to fly, period. If flying was a crime most of us would be on death row. Fortunately for us, it is not. In flying, as with everything, we are faced with the oxymoronic truth that too much of a good thing is in fact not a good thing. The flight class that you looked forward to will begin to feel like a chore; the tedious procedures and the unending paperwork, it will be enough to make you want to put local cross country right under laundry on your to do list. That is the way EmbryRiddle produces the topnotch, professional pilots in

the industry that it is known for. It is precisely those two words, profession and industry, that make that type of flying so arduous. At the Sport Aviation Club (SAC), flying is not a profession, but a recreation and it is not an industry, but a sport. The relaxed and laid back attitude of the organization is a welcome contrast to rigors of flight training. Through our close association with the Eagle Sport Aviation club (ESA) we have opportunities to fly several aircraft. These aircraft include a Pitts S-2B N260AB, an acrobatic biplane with more history than I can go into here. A 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, a true stick and rudder legend. A Schleicher ASK-21 two seat acrobatic sailplane and a Schweizer SGS 2-33 sailplane affectionately dubbed the blue burrito round out the hangar. Participating in SAC events allows you the chance to fly in

ESA’s aircraft. Our once per semester Intro Ride Weekend allows you to take flight in each aircraft one time without paying ESA membership dues. We participate, with ESA, in International Aerobatic Club (IAC a division of the EAA) events like the Phil Schacht Aerobatic Contest and the Sebring Aerobatic Contest. The J-3 Cub has been used for our yearly Drop What You Brought competition. We have also had the opportunity to tour Stallion 51, an FBO specializing in warbirds specifically P-51 Mustangs. We host instructor taught ground school sessions for Aerobatic, Tail Wheel and Soaring. This year the dates for the ground schools are: • Aerobatics September 21 & 22 • Tail Wheel October 5 & 6 • Soaring October 12 & 13 All these meetings will take place from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. We have conducted Meet and

Greet forums with air show performers such as EmbryRiddle’s own Matt Chapman and Rob Holland. We have a semesterly retreat campout has been held at such airports as Thunderbird Airpark and Hilliard Airpark, and this year’s retreat will be at Pierson from November 11-13. The SAC is an active member of the ERAU community participating in several events including Homecoming, ODK Charity House and AOA’s Pull-a-Plane. If any of these activities appeal to your interest in aviation, be sure to stop by our booth at the Student Activities Fair on Tuesday September 13. We will be the one with the planes. Be sure to join us that evening for our hangar party. Look us up on our Facebook group for more information and pictures by searching Sport Aviation Club at ERAU.


THE SPORT AVIATION CLUB gives pilots a break from stressful school-related flying, with opportunities to enjoy flights in such aircraft as the Pitts S-2B Biplane (Pictured) as well as the fully aerobatic glider the ASK-21and the a beautifully restored 1946 J-3 Piper Cub.

ORGANIZATIONS B5 Women in engineering Serving the community Page

The Avion, August 23, 2011

Angelica Garcia SWE

Perhaps you’ve come to realize the elevated number of guys around campus. Or maybe you’ve come to realize that you’ll miss girl talk soon. Well, we have the solution! In the past couple of days you’ve heard “Get involved!” numerous times. So get out, Skype less, lay off COD, drop your smart phone, and meet some amazing people. If you are an engineer-inthe-making and are interested in making a significant difference in your career path, check us out, The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). We are an organization that encourages and supports the advancement of women in engineering. Be a part of our accomplishments and enhance your resume. Take part in our National Convention this fall in Chicago and network with recruiters from Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, GM, GE, and much more.

Participate in our outreach programs like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Workshop (IGEW) and teach young girls the beauty of engineering. Have fun with us at SWE Night Out, socialize and make new friends and better yet, take advantage of the scholarships available through SWE. So how do you join? Stop by our table at the activities fair, or email Debbie at to join the mailing list. Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends, your roommates, or even your lab partner to any of the meetings because the Society of Women Engineers is open to any major and any gender. SWE is a great opportunity to get

your name out there, and can give you a great advantage in your career search. Don’t limit yourself, instead aspire, advance and achieve with SWE this year.



while making friends Nick Stapleton

Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed International Service Fraternity, was founded in 1926 based upon the principles of leading college students to give back to community, campus and country. Founded upon

the ideals of the Scouting movement, the Fraternity follows the three core principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. Active in the community, Alpha Phi Omega leads service projects weekly, as well as hosting events for Brothers to get to know one another and build friendships on the weekends. We represent the largest service fraternity in the world, so we have the national and international backing that no other fraternity can offer. The Embry-Riddle chapter, Alpha Delta Nu, is also very active with other chapters across the state and country, giving Brothers the opportunity to travel outside the Daytona Beach area and meet Brothers from across the state. Alpha Phi Omega has some notable alumni from over the years, including 8 United States Presidents, 2 Nobel

Prize recipients, and even Jim Lovell, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut. Of Alpha Phi Omega. Lovell stated that “I never had a finer experience than I had in Alpha Phi Omega. APO endeavors to develop leadership, promote friendship, and promote service...” Being a co-ed fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega is looking to recruit both guys and girls from any year at the university. Last spring’s pledge class was half female, and students years ranged from a freshman in his second semester to a graduate student in his 12th semester at the university. Look for us as the semester starts wearing our blue and gold jerseys and feel free to ask a Brother if you want more information. Also keep an eye out for our flyers and banners showing our Rush-week events!





The Avion, August 23, 2011

LCA looks to expand brotherhood for Life and more Bret Louderback

Lambda Chi Alpha Are you interested in being part of a lifetime brotherhood? The Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha are always looking for men of character that possess the values we hold, and you could be one of them. So who are we and what do we stand for? Since its establishment in 1909, Lambda Chi Alpha has been known as one of the top social fraternities in Academics, Athletics, and Community Service. We hold our values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage, to the utmost importance. They are what we believe makes a true man. Lambda Chi Alpha is nationally known to be one of the first social fraternities to remove hazing from the Greek System. This action follows one

of our mottos “Every man a man”, which states that no man should be asked to do something that a real man would not do. From the moment you shake our hands, to the moment you initiate as a brother, you are treated the same way, which is with the utmost respect and honor that each person deserves. So what do we do during the year and how do we get involved on campus and in the community? Every month we have a beach day which involves an hour long beach clean up to keep our beaches clean and also a good time soaking up the Florida sun! Lambda Chi Alpha also gets very involved with our Athletic Department by attending a multitude of sporting events every year. We cookout before home games right outside the ICI Center and you’ll always see us being loud and cheering on our Golden Eagles.

In addition to beach clean ups, every year we participate in Omicron Delta Kappa’s Philanthropy event “Charity House” of which the proceeds benefit the homeless community. Lambda Chi Alpha also hosts its own philanthropy event every year called “ Wa t e r m e l o n Bust”, which is a competition between the sororities here on campus. Watermelon Bust is a week long competition, full of events that require athletic skill, tenacity and most importantly, how much the girls know about our fraternity. The final competition each year is the food drive for which the winner is determined by how much food by weight they bring. All the food we gather goes to the North American Food Drive and last year we raised over 400 pounds of non-perishable food! These are just some of the ways that Lambda Chi gets involved.

your community, prepare you for a career through leadership opportunities, learn life lessons not taught in the classroom, build life-long friendships, and enjoy social events. After graduation, you can rely on your Alpha Xi Delta affiliation along with bold and talented women to help you transition into the “real world” – starting your career, starting a family, or starting another chapter in your life! The Theta Omicron chapter was established on this campus, February 22, 1993, and we have continued to be a successful sorority on campus ever since. Our National Philanthropy is Autism Speaks! Each year our chapter conducts a Penny Wars Contest and a Xi Man Pageant, as our effort to raise money for Autism Speaks in order to help fund autism research and raise autism awareness. Alpha Xi Delta works closely with children; we make an effort to volunteer with Easter Seals several times each year. We love to participate in things on campus as well as in the community, including Sigma Chi Derby Days, Lambda Chi Alpha’s Watermelon Bust, Oozeball, Omicron Delta Kappa’s Charity House and many other events as well! We also have intramural teams that compete in almost every sport!

The Theta Omicron Chapter is also proud to announce that we received the following awards at the 2011 Greek Awards Night: Chapter of the Year, New Member of the Year Jade McClenahan, Outstanding Academics, Chapter Academic Excellence, Greek Unity, and Campus Involvement! On the Embry-Riddle campus, being a part of the Greek community is an exciting experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories and life-long friends. As collegiate women, we set our goals high in scholarship, community service, and leadership as Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential. College is all about gaining skills to succeed in life, as well as having fun. We like to think we take it a bit further, while helping our members maximize their own strengths and talents. As Recruitment quickly approaches, I strongly encourage you to see what Greek Life can do for you. We hope to show you what Alpha Xi Delta has to offer and share our experiences with you. Please know that each EmbryRiddle Greek organization is always here to help you with your transition to college life, no matter what Greek letters we wear. We hope to see you soon and best of luck this semester!

So where can you find us? Lambda Chi Alpha in conjunction with TouchN-Go Productions hosts Monte Carlo Night at the beginning of the semester, and you can catch us there or at Meet the Greeks on September 15! Below you can see our Tentative Rush Schedule for the Fall of 2011. Remember, it’s not for just four years, it’s brotherhood for life! •

Mon. Sept. 19 - BBQ and Games (McKay Pits)

Tues., Sept. 20 Blacklight Dodgeball (Racquetball Courts)

Wed., Sept. Volleyball Tailgate

Thur., Sept. 22 Poker Night

Fri., Sept. 23 - Invite Only Dinner

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Enhance your life TPA looks to the future Ginger Jackon

Alpha Xi Delta The ladies of the Theta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta are pleased to be among the first to welcome you to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Welcome to the campus, and we are looking forward to getting to know each of you. Please mark your calendars for these fun filled days where we can get to know each other: •Meet and Greet on Tuesday, September 7th at 7:20 P.M. in the COA room 260 •Alpha Xi’s Candy Land Party on Wednesday, September 8th at 7:40 P.M. in the COB room 214 • P i e c e - I t - To g e t h e r Philanthropy Party on Thursday, September 9th at 7:20 P.M. in the COB room 214 •Breakfast at Tiffany’s Preference Party on Saturday, September 11th at 6:30 P.M. in the COA Atrium We are looking forward to meeting you! During college, Alpha Xi Delta can be your home away from home and provide you with the inspiration and motivation that you need to excel. Our Sisterhood can help you to explore your strengths and expand your horizons while enabling you to serve


Lauren Peterson

Theta Phi Alpha Greetings from Theta Phi Alpha! We would like to welcome all incoming students to and to all returning students, we are happy to see that you made it back. Theta Phi is busy gearing up for what we think will be an exciting Fall Semester. We have a lot in our plans to do this semester. For those of you who don’t know who we are, we are the oldest sorority on campus and we just celebrating 25 years on campus last year. Our mascot is the penguin, our flower is the white rose, and we have the symbol of the compass that helps us point our way. From there, we are going to be looking at celebrating many different aspects of our sorority as the Sorority begins to get ready to turn 100 next August. We have a strong Philanthropy program, start-

ing with the chapter taking time to honor the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11. We will be asking for help from others with this project so please watch for more announcements on the event. Of course, we cannot forget to hang out with our fellow Greeks with some fun socials, Meet-the-Greeks and more activities. For anyone who is interested in joining Theta Phi Alpha come see us at Meet-the-Greeks and join us for Recruitment, Sept. 20 to the 24. We will be also around campus so if you have any questions just “Ask us about ΘΦΑ.” We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions that you may have. TPA’s Schedule • •


Sept. 20 – to 8:02 p.m. COB 289) Sept. 21 – to 7:00 p.m. COB 289)

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Sept. 23 – 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Meet at the Spirit Rock) September 24 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (By Invitation Only)

For more information contact Theta Phi Alpha at or look us up on Facebook under Theta Phi Alpha – Recruitment and request to join the group.

Stand UP! Get your fit on in ERAU Dr. Libbie Searcy

Dean for Students Office As new students at EmbryRiddle, we expect that you will learn a great deal from your courses, yet some of the most important lessons are learned outside the classroom. This year, ERAU students will benefit from the inaugural STAND UP campaign created by the Dean’s Task Force. The STAND UP campaign is about standing up for integrity, respect, diversity, education, professionalism, and YOURSELF. As a member of the incoming class of 2015, you’ve been given a STAND UP t-shirt to kick off the campaign. Why should you rock it? Because you want to say all of this: You have INTEGRITY. You RESPECT humanity and the institutions that exist to improve and protect you and to make the world a better place. You

appreciate the DIVERSITY that this University and country offer. You’re proud of the EDUCATION you’re getting. You’re committed to learning what PROFESSIONALISM is all about. And you value YOURSELF for everything you are and everything you’re going to become. As the popular saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Yep. Wise words. You’ll hear more about the STAND UP campaign around campus and in your “College Success” course. At “Risky Times,” you’ll learn more about what it means to STAND UP as RAs perform some entertaining skits that will definitely prepare you for college life in a way that no textbook can. Come to “Risky Times” at 4:00 on Sunday, August 28 in the ICI Center and wear your STAND UP t-shirt so that everyone can see what you and Embry-Riddle stand for!


THE GROUND FLOOR OF the fitness center includes a large selection of both free weights, benches and Freemotion machines.


THE SECOND FLOOR INCLUDES a wide selection of treadmills, ellipticals, cycling machines, and houses the group fitness room where classes like yoga and insanity take place. PHOTO COURTESY DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE

IN THE FALL SEMESTER, be on the lookout for people wearing these shirts walking around campus!

Megan Perry

Fitness Center

Welcome to the Eagle Fitness Center and Pool. We are located in the center of campus adjacent to the Student Center.

Our facility offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to find the exercise program that works for them. On the ground floor in the weight room, you can work out with free weights, on our Hammer Strength equipment or on our Freemotion machines. On the second floor, we have the cardio deck where you can run on the treadmills, ride on a bike, or hop on an elliptical. Our group fitness room is also found upstairs and the group fitness schedule is filled with everything from cycle, to yoga to kickboxing, and so much more! Starting this fall we will be adding Insanity Asylum to the schedule for all you Insanity veterans out there. Use of the Fitness Center, all group fitness classes, and equipment orientations are all free of charge! In order to use the facility you must adhere to the policies, and you will not be allowed to enter without your eagle card and a towel. For a small fee we provide personal training. Our trainers are all certified, well-trained and top notch! If you don’t feel comfortable working out on your own, we are here to help! The pool is found just outside the Fitness Center. Like the Fitness Center you must have your eagle card to get in. Although there are no guests allowed in the Fitness Center, you can bring one with you to the pool. Our pool is open seasonally, depending on the weather. Come take a swim in our lap lanes, play basketball in the shallow end, or just lounge in the sun on the pool deck. During the summer we add

aqua classes to our group fitness schedule. We are the only gym in the area with hydropilates and hydro-cycle. Throughout the year we put on special events to get people active and we just finished hosting a YogaFit Instructor training. We also have rewards programs and promotions for those that frequent the Fitness Center. Be on the lookout as we enter fall, especially for our ACIS rewards program. The Fitness Center is open in the fall during these hours, • Mon. to Fri., - 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Sat & Sun - 11 a.m. to 9p.m. The pool is open during these hours, • Mon. to Fri., - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Mon., Wed. & Fri. - 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. • Sat & Sun - 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you forget our hours, want to view the policies or just want more information, check out our web site www. , “Like” us on Facebook, or become a member of our organization on ERAU Connection. Just look up ERAU Fitness Center & Pool to find us on Facebook, and Eagle Fitness Center & Pool on ERAU Connection. Our current group fitness schedule and hours will always be posted on these sites as well as in the building. Now that you know a little more about the Fitness Center and Pool, come over and check us out. We have something for everyone. Beat the stress of school and the “freshmen 15” by doing something good for yourself. Come on over to the Fitness Center and GET YOUR FIT ON!

Stay well with our help Maureen Bridger

Health Services OK, it’s 5:00 a.m. and you have been lying awake for a couple of hours listening to your roommate snore and that tickle in your throat last night is now a raging sore throat with swollen glands and a fever. What do you do? Yeah, you could call Mom (and probably will later), but she’s 850 miles away. That’s just great and you’re scheduled to fly later that afternoon. Health Services extends a warm welcome and welcome back to our new students and returning students! Our staff members are aware that most of you are quite healthy, but let us face it, it is nearly impossible to get through four or more years of college without experienc-

ing some incidence of illness or injury. It has been easy to deal with those issues at home having a stocked medicine cabinet, homemade chicken soup and your family’s support, but now you are on your own, perhaps for the first time. Health Services is located at the Wellness Center, building #20, on the northeast corner of the campus across from Doolittle Hall. We are open 60 hours per week including some evening and weekend hours. We see students on a walk-in basis and by appointment. You can learn more about us and our services online at www.erau. edu/db/health, and you are welcome to call our friendly office staff or visit if you have specific questions. Our clinicians provide many of the same services as your family physician including

diagnostic testing, referrals, over-the-counter medication, prescriptions and women’s health services. If you are a flight student, we process medical groundings so you can concentrate on getting well and avoid being charged for missed flights. The good news is that you do not need cash or a credit card to access our services and all visits and communications are confidential. Please consider us your “docs” away from home, we are here to help! If you need to complete your required immunizations, we are sponsoring clinics administered by a national firm on August 24, 25 and 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Tallman Commons 203 (Student Village). Additional information about required immunizations, our clinics and associated fees can be found at our website.

COA Academic Award Winners

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ON THE EVENING OF April 25, the College of Aviation held their Academic Awards ceremony to honor students who have excelled in their degree programs during the 2010-2011 academic year. Awards were given to the following students: Ryan Dhanraj: Aeronautical Science Chairman’s Award Justin Margnelli: Most Outstanding Member Alpha Omicron Alpha Sherman Carll: Most Outstanding Flight Team Member Krista Brager: Bagby Award in Applied Meteorology (Applied Aviation Sciences) Kelsie O’Brian: Outstanding Student Award (Air Traffic Management) Mike Kokes: Outstanding Student Award (Homeland Security) Bruno Villela: Outstanding Student Award (Master of Science in Aeronautics) Maggie Wong: Outstanding Student Award (Safety Science) William Hopkins: Outstanding Technician Award (Aerospace Electronics) Joshua Olds: Aviation Maintenance Science Chairman’s Award Henry Melius: Flight Chairman’s Award Tyler Lonergan: Outstanding Honors Program Student (Aeronautical Science) Margaret David: Outstanding Honors Program Student (Air Traffic Management) The College of Aviation would like to congratulate these students on their outstanding achievements.

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DEPARTMENTS It’s in your interest! Page


Kevin Mannix

Campus Safety Welcome to Embry-Riddle. With the start of the new academic year, the Campus Safety & Security Department is here to assist you with a variety of services that will help you adjust to campus life. Safety & Security Officers patrol the campus twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week. You can reach us by calling 386226-6480, or visit our 24 hour Communications Center located on the first floor of the Student Center which is also the location of the campus Lost & Found. The Campus Safety & Security Administrative and Crime Prevention offices are located on the second floor of the Student Center, room 256. Do you have any special request for room unlocks, study groups, clubs & organizations, or events? Send us an e-mail at, or call our Administrative Office at 386-226-6490. Here, you can also file an incident report or speak to the Operations Supervisor and the Crime Prevention Supervisor. For emergencies or to report a crime in progress dial 386226-SAFE (7233). We encourage you to program all of these numbers into your cell phone but most importantly this emergency number. When reporting an emergency or crime in progress, provide as much detailed information as possible about the situation. Information such as the type of emergency, location of the incident, victim description or suspect description is imperative for timely response. In addition, you can use one of the emergency phones located throughout campus and in all of the residence halls. Simply push the button and you’ll be automatically connected to our Communications Center. Don’t let the “Emergency” label be confusing when you need to contact Campus Safety& Security. Please utilize the emergency phones anytime you need assistance such as for escorts, your car won’t start, to report

suspicious activity, etc. We enjoy a beautiful campus and share the responsibility to keep it safe and secure. Call us whenever you see a suspicious or hazardous condition. At Embry-Riddle, we stress personal safety and crime prevention. A large majority of crimes on campus are crimes of opportunity. Don’t leave any property unattended or in an unsecured office or dorm room. Always lock your door, even if you’re leaving “just for a second” and never leave valuables where someone passing by could easily see them. Burglaries and thefts can occur at Embry-Riddle and practicing crime prevention could have prevented almost every one of them. You CAN protect yourself from becoming a victim! Don’t forget to meet the Student Crime Prevention Practitioner (SCPPs) assigned to your residence hall. The SCPPs are Student Patrol Officers that can assist you in a variety of ways and provide you with information on the various crime prevention programs and resources available to you on campus. Remember all vehicles on campus are required to be registered with the Parking & Traffic Services Office. Make sure to pick up a copy of the 2011-2012 Parking & Traffic Handbook for all parking lot changes, rules and regulations. Do you have a bicycle or motorcycle? Don’t forget to register these in addition to your car or truck. Motorcycle registration is only $5.00 and Bicycle registration is FREE! You will increase your chance of recovering a

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stolen bike by registering it with the university. It is also strongly recommended to lock up your bike when not in use. By doing so you take away the opportunity of a thief stealing your bike and of you becoming a victim. Don’t have a bike lock? No problem! You can lease a Kryptonite U-Lock for as little as $32 for bicycles and $55 for motorcycles. At the end of the rental period, upon returning the lock, you are credited the amount of the lock back to your student account. Visit the Parking & Traffic Office for more information on the Lease-ALock Program today! Have you signed up for the CodeRED emergency notifications? It is fast, easy, and most importantly, it is FREE! Just sign in to your main ERNIE Homepage, and click on the Emergency Contact Information/CodeRED link at the bottom of the page. Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1st – November 30th. Should there be a weather related emergency or other potential emergency affecting the Daytona Beach Campus, advisories will be provided for the university community via: • Reverse 911 System – CodeRED • Campus Siren and Voice Notifications • Campus Safety & Security Patrol Officers • ERNIE, E-mail and ERAU homepage. Check out our web site at www. Working together as a team, we can make the campus a safe and secure environment for everyone. It’s in your interest!


College transition, we can help you Patricia Grahn

Counseling Center Going off to college is a wonderful and exciting experience. It is a time of tremendous growth and self-discovery. It is a time for many firsts. For several of you, it is the first experience living away from home. Thus, there is a newfound sense of freedom and independence away from the watchful eye of your parent(s). And, let’s not forget about all those intriguing new people to meet through the residence halls, classes, clubs, organizations and campus events. However, these new firsts can be scary and overwhelming. The expectation to easily and readily fall into the rhythm of college life can be very unrealistic. This time of transition to the university setting is a very individualized process. Some students will experience a few behavioral changes, others one or two, while still others may have several as they adjust to the college setting. Some students will develop sleep problems; either sleeping

too little or too much. Some students lose their appetite while others will want to eat all the time. Others may become depressed, anxious or both. Some complain of poor concentration and an inability to make decisions. Unfortunately, there will be those that attempt to deal with the adjustment to college life by “self medicating” with alcohol or drugs. The counselors at the Counseling Center are trained to assist you with the myriad of stressors associated with the college life. All services are free and confidential to registered students. Counselors assist with concerns, including but not limited to: university life, academic performance, test anxiety, time management, goal setting, depression, loneliness, stress, sleep problems, and relationship issues. Counselors work with you to identify your strengths, personal resources that are working for you and those areas that are problematic and need fine tuning. Counselors help you establish a personalized plan that’s right for you.

In addition, the Counseling Center offers a variety of helpful resources. We have a large selection of self help books available through our lending library. We also have many helpful, informative brochures. There are assessments for personality, mood, and substance abuse. A state-of-the-art biofeedback training program, Healing Rhythms is offered. Campuswide wellness programs are offered as well. The Counseling Center is located in building #20 of the Wellness Center Complex, adjacent to Health Services. To schedule an appointment, you may drop by or call (386) 226-6035, Mon. - Fri. (8 a.m. -5 p.m.) For after hour emergencies you may receive free crisis counseling by calling 1-800273-8255 (TALK). We wish each of you a healthy, happy, and successful transition to ERAU. College truly can be the best time of your life. The most important gift to give yourself during college is to take care of yourself; the counselors at the Counseling Center are here to help you do just that!


THE COUNSELING CENTER PROVIDES a listening ear and moral support to help in your transition to college life. Living away from home for the first time can be difficult and the friendly staff at the center are willing to help you adjust to your new phase of life.

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Bringing the library Develop your career to your fingertips using our services Barbette Jenson Hunt Library

Welcome to Embry-Riddle. Make one of your first stops the Hunt Library. The library is a great place to begin your research, to study, organize group projects, watch DVDs, or browse current leisure magazines and books. You can use one of our 12 group study rooms to work on group projects, borrow one of our portable whiteboards, and relax in our leisure seating areas. You can also check your email or access your coursework on one of the 15 Internet-only computers or 36 lab-imaged computers.

Friendly librarians and staff are available to help you locate research materials, navigate the online databases, find books and articles, access materials your professors put on reserve, or even just give directions to your next class. Students can visit the library for access to over 116,200 books, 970 magazines and journals, 305,000 microforms, and 5,600 video titles in addition to our online resources. The Hunt Library provides access to library materials to ERAU students 24 hours a day through our website located at From there you can find information for your classes and research

projects by using EAGLEsearch, the gateway to the library’s combined book, media, and article resources. The staff of the Hunt Library is ready to help and looks forward to the fall semester.

Fall Semester Hours Monday - Thursday 7:15 a.m. - midnight Friday 7:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday noon - 6:00 p.m. Sunday noon - midnight

Kristy Amburgey

Career Services

“College is a wonderful time and a great experience, but don’t forget one of the primary outcomes – your future career! Make sure YOU take advantage of all the services and resources available to you, including career services, and make the most of every opportunity available.” (Sandi Ohman, Senior Program Manager) “The resume is the most important paper you will write in college, and it will open doors for internships and fulltime positions. Career Services can help you compose a great document to stand out from the rest of the crowd.” (Adriana Hall, Program Manager) “The sooner students get involved with our office, the better prepared they will be when it is time to look for an internship or job.” (Alicia Smyth, Director) “One of the best kept secrets of the college experience – co-ops and internships! Employers highly desire grad-

uates with co-op/internship experiences, and students who have professional-level experiences, according to survey results, have higher placement rates and starting salaries.” (Lisa Kollar, Executive Director) Want to hear even more beneficial career advice? Visit Career Services to learn about all the resources available for your use. These resources include Career Services Program Managers who will collaborate with you on your unique career needs. The Career Services staff combines industry knowledge, employer insight and allaround career experience to support your career development efforts. To further build on the advice from Career Services, please add these action items to your first year to-do list: • Activate your EagleHire Network account, which is the resume and jobs system available for you, and upload a resume to receive feedback; resume samples are available in the Career Services Office

and via, or you can use a version you already have • Collaborate with Career Services by building a partnership • Explore co-ops/internships now since those opportunities are right around the corner • Get a head start on your career planning; do not wait until you are a senior to start this process • Take advantage of services and resources Industry/Career Expos are held every fall. In addition, the Career Services Office hosts company visits throughout the year to recruit students for both full-time and cooperative education/internship opportunities, and to provide information sessions. We look forward to seeing you in the Career Services Office (C-Building, Room 408). We leave you one final thought as you begin your relationship with the office: “Life is a journey, not a destination. The Career Services Office is not just an open door, but the door to your future”.

Financial Aid Office will be through your Embry-Riddle e-mail account. The subject line will read ERAU Financial Aid. Please check it regularly. Remember, you have to apply every year to receive federal aid. Still looking for additional financial aid? Check out the Scholarship Opportunities link on our web site: er/financialaid. Always keep eyes out for notices regarding scholarship opportunities. The search for scholarships should continue throughout the year. Florida students receiving Bright Futures scholarships will

receive a fixed cost per credit hour award. If you drop, withdraw or audit a course, you will be required to repay the per credit hour cost. If you have questions about your financial aid awards or the information on your ERNIE account, feel free to visit our office located in Canaveral Hall. Financial Aid Counselors are available to help you Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., you can stop in, or make an appointment. You can also call us at (800) 943-6279 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email us at

Financial aid advice from your friendly counselors Barbara Dryden Financial Aid

Welcome to Embry-Riddle! We are thrilled that you have chosen ERAU and look forward to working with you over the next four years. Don’t forget that the easiest way to view your financial aid information is by accessing your ERNIE account and using the Student Services tab. You can view your financial aid status, apply for a Federal Stafford loan, and view a summary of your loans. All correspondence from the




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IT welcomes new and Facts about your RAs returning students Monica Saldarriaga

Housing & Residence Life

Norma Butler

IT Department From wireless Internet access to discipline-specific technology in labs and classrooms, EmbryRiddle offers an advanced campus network and an exciting technology environment. To enhance your academic experience, here is a quick reminder of some current services as well as a few new ones that were added over the summer. Campus Solutions - EmbryRiddle is upgrading the current student information system with Oracle Peoplesoft Campus Solutions. This will provide an improved interface allowing much more to be done through self-service and better access to all of your critical academic and financial information. Faculty and staff will also have better access to information to assist in your success here at EmbryRiddle. This new system will go live during the fall semester. Blackboard - Embry-Riddle uses Blackboard, (Bb) an online learning management tool that provides personalized course information and academic resources. Be sure to use Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox 3.6 for optimum performance. For more information on how to use Bb, visit http://ondemand. Free software - Free access to Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade and Microsoft Office 2010 software for your personal computer, free e-mail and antispam services, high-speed internet access and wireless service throughout campus, and a student discount on Dell computers are just some of the additional services that are available to you. To access the free software from your ERNIE homepage choose Information Technology from the left hand menu and Software Downloads EagleNet wireless network upgraded to the latest standard of 802.11n across campus. This

upgrade supports improved performance, new technologies and expanded coverage Office 2010 is the latest in Office products and is available for use on computers in the Hunt Library, various labs, and classrooms. New Dell computers are now available in various labs and classrooms on campus to ensure optimum performance for your class work. Some of these areas include the Hunt Library, Weather Lab, College of Engineering, College of Aviation and other computer-

ized classrooms and labs. Wireless printing for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod is available in the Hunt Library. Locate the arrow icon on the screen of your device to print. Information Technology is happy to welcome all new and returning students to campus. Be sure to log into ERNIE and select Information Technology from the left side menu to explore all of the services that will help you achieve a successful fall semester or give us a call at (386) 226-6990 for 24-hour support, seven days a week.

Mail Center

Mail Center Counter & Student Service Information for Postal, Shipping & Student Mailboxes. Hours of Operation ➢ Customer Service window open 7:00am – 4:30pm, M-F for Student Mailbox & Package pick up ➢ Postal Teller windows open 8:00am - 4:30pm, M-F for full US Postal Services ➢ Shipping Service window open 8:00am - 4:00pm, M-F for outgoing FED-EX, UPS & DHL Services Methods of payment for both Postal & Shipping Service windows are cash, check, eagle dollars and credit card. As a courtesy to others you must have your mail piece/s and package/s properly packed and addressed prior to presenting them to the window clerk. Please note: We do not sell or provide ordinary boxes or packing supplies, however we do have various carrier service envelopes & boxes available for use at the cost of the service. To prevent delay or the return of incoming mail & packages please be sure to inform family, friends and other outside contacts sending you mail, publications or packages to use

the living & learning environment with the classroom. This year we are lucky to have two faculty-in-residence, Dr. Iteris Demirkiran and Professor Marshall Tetterton have joined the Housing & Residence Life living learning program in order to improve student living and academics. Dr. Ilteris Demirkiran joined the ERAU faculty in 2004, and currently he is an Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer, Software, and System Engineering Department. Professor Marshall Tetterton has been part of the ERAU family since 1991, working in several different capacities. He was the first person to be hired as the Aircraft Parts Manager at ERAU. Both professors will be available to tutor students in the residence halls during their weekly scheduled time. Tutoring and study sessions are provided for additional academic support. Please stop by the office of Housing & Residence Life in order to get more information on tutoring and time.

Getting along in the dorms Kristen Getka

Housing & Residence Life


A PREVIEW OF THE new Campus Solutions Self-Service Screen that will be available later this fall. The new campus solutions system by Oracle will provide a much improved interface and will provide all important information quickly to both faculty and students

Taking care of your mail and packages everyday Alicia Hutchinson

The Resident Advisors (RAs) and Resident Directors (RDs) are carefully selected and trained student leaders who are responsible for managing and preserving the residence halls by promoting safety, diversity, community building, academics, and healthy living. This year the Department of Housing & Residence Life is fortunate to have over 50 outstanding RA leaders being guided by 6 terrific Resident Directors. RAs are designated on each floor/wing and are tasked with promoting the overall safety and well-being of his/ her residents, as well as being a mentor and advisor. If residents encounter and questions or problems, the RA’s have received extensive training in order to be able to answer these questions! The RAs and RDs add value to the students’ on-campus living experience. Together, the staff of Housing

& Residence Life is here to promote the well-being of residents on the ERAU campus. Living & Learning is an initiative taken by each residence hall staff to help make each of their communities more than a usual living community and to engage the residents outside of the classroom. Each residence hall staff provides residents with sponsored programs ranging in topics from academics to alcohol awareness, social to educational events. The programs and themes are catered to specific issues that college students typically face. Resident Advisors are able to help their residents with things such as studying or just answering questions about school in general. Most of the interactions the RAs engage in are academic, such as tutoring or putting together study sessions, but many also talk with their residents about future career plans, financial aid, etc. The Faculty-in-Residence program aims to further merge

your full name and correct box number on each mail piece. All students are required to have a mailbox whether you live on or off campus and must be checked no less than once a week. Important internal campus mail such as registration information, course books, refund checks, grades, etc. are sent to your campus mailbox. Mailbox Key loans and Replacement fee Should you forget your key and need to check your mailbox we will loan you a key only two times a semester. Keep in mind we cannot go to your mailbox and get your mail for you, so remember to bring your mailbox key. Should you lose your key, you can have another one made at the customer service window for a fee of $10 charged to your student account. Mailbox record information and Package pick-up service For your safety as well as ours you must present your Student ID if you need assistance with a key or request information regarding your mailbox. You will also need your Student ID & Package Notice when picking up packages. For security reasons we cannot loan keys, give out mailbox information or packages without proper identification. Mail Forwarding Service If you plan to be away for

Use this format for receiving mail and packages at the University USE YOUR FULL NAME (Including Middle Initial) Mail #14_ _ _ _ 600 S Clyde Morris Blvd Daytona Beach FL 32114-3977

more than a month, for the summer, for an internship or are leaving permanently you must provide the Mail Center with a forward address. Please do not leave the University and forget about your mail. Mailboxes become full very quickly if left unchecked for more than a week. For your convenience you can place your mail forward electronically by visiting, ERNIE’s Home Page ~ Campus Services, Click on Daytona Beach Services ~ Under Campus Links, Mail Center Service ~ Mail Forward. Your mail will be forwarded for four months if a permanent closure or until the date indicated if a temporary or Coop closure. For students leaving temporarily please keep your key, do not turn it in! Students leaving permanently must turn their mailbox key in directly to the Mail Center, not to housing or the RA’s. Failure to do so will result in a $10.00 nonreturn key charge against your student account. You can receive faxes to your mailbox @ 386-226-6459 ~ they will be placed in your mailbox during business hours, M-F. If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to visit or call us @ 386-226-6021


Moving into the residence halls and having one, two, or even seven roommates/suitemates is one of the hardest things many students have to think about when leaving for college. While most students hope to become best friends with their roommates, and that situation is ideal, it is not always reality. Being able to live together in a comfortable atmosphere should be the first goal of any roommate situation. College is a time for students to learn how to live cooperatively in a community, and living on campus provides this opportunity, in addition to easy social networking, leadership opportunities, and a way to learn about other students’ cultures and backgrounds. There are several ways to ensure a comfortable living environment

for roommates, and the Resident Advisors (RAs) are able to help with them if needed. Residents will be asked to fill out a living agreement with their roommate and/or suitemates, where students will establish common rules for the room and suite. Some of the items addressed on the living agreement are cleanliness, sharing of food or other items, guests, and study times. If a disagreement arises, whether it is related to the living agreement or something else, residents are expected to discuss and attempt to resolve the situation. Issues should be discussed respectfully amongst all roommates/suitemates. Avoid using Facebook, instant messenging, or text messaging to express your frustration with a situation, as this is not a way to truly express how one is feeling, and messages often get misconstrued. Meeting face to face and having a conversation is always

the best way to discuss an issue, and the RAs are available and happy to help. If a situation escalates to a point where the residents do not feel they can resolve the problem, there are several steps that are required to be taken. First, a roommate mediation needs to occur which involves the RA and all roommates/suitemates involved. If after the mediation and a trial period the situation does not get better, the Resident Director (RD) will come in to discuss the situation with the residents. The Assistant and Associate Directors of Housing & Residence Life will assist the RDs as needed. Room changes are the absolute last step, and are rarely granted. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your RA, and remember to attend your wing meetings as most questions can be answered there! The Housing & Residence Life staff wishes you a happy and successful year!

DEPARTMENTS C5 More than a gym The human factor in engineering Page

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Sports Equipment Did you know that you can rent sports equipment from the ICI Center? We have camping tents, coolers, basketballs, footballs, tennis racquets, softball equipment and much more! All you need to do is bring your Eagle Card to the front desk during business hours and we’ll check the equipment out to you! Tickets Do you want to go to a theme park but don’t want to pay the high ticket costs at the gate? We can help you with that too! We offer discount tickets to Disney, Busch Gardens, Wet n’ Wild and Sea World to name a few! Stop by our

office located in the ICI Center, Monday – Friday between 8:00am – 4:30pm and look at the variety of tickets we offer! If you’d rather call we can be reached at 386-226-6530. Reservations Looking for a place to practice your intramural games? Want to host a department softball game? You’ve come to the right place! If you would like to reserve a court or field contact JB Caldwell at or 386-2266529 for more information. Search for Intramural & Recreational Sports on ERAU Connection to stay up to date on all the latest information!

A warm welcome from Student Affairs

Dr. Nancee Bailey Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs offers a variety of programs and services in support of the university’s mission to provide a quality educational experience to our students in all areas of university life. Through classes and college activities students will find boundless opportunities for leadership, social interaction, recreation, and intellectual and personal development. We are grateful for the

privilege to work with the finest students in the nation. The staff of our division has the education, experience and professional credentials that are essential in providing high quality student-centered services. For your convenience the departments within the Division of Student Affairs is listed below: • Office of Student Affairs (226-4943) • Dean of Students Office (226-6326) • Campus Ministry (226-6027) • Career Services (226-6054) • Campus Safety Office (226-6490) • Campus Safety Communication Center (226-6480) • Campus Safety - Parking & Traffic Services (226-6482) • Campus Safety - Life Safety (226-6009) • Counseling Center (226-6035) • Health Services

(226-7917) • Housing & Residence Life (323-8000) • Orientation & Parent Relations (226-7274) • Student Academic Support Center (SASC) (2264954) • SASC - First Year Programs (226-7073) • SASC - Embry-Riddle Language Institute (ERLI) (226-6192) • Student Activities and Daytona Beach Campus Events Office (226-6039) • Student Government Association (SGA) (226-6045) The Division of Student Affairs prides itself in treating every student with respect, assisting them in accomplishing their goals and teaching them to be effective advocates for their own success. Please feel free to contact the Division of Students Affairs office directly at (386) 226-4943 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Antoine Juhel

Human Factors & Systems Located on the third floor of the Lehman building, the Human Factors and Systems Department is a great place to learn more about Human Factors and what a Human Factors degree can bring you in your professional career. Like everything at EmbryRiddle, aviation and space

play a central role in our curriculum, in both our undergraduate and master’s degree program. That said, our students are free to customize their education by choosing from a wide variety of Human Factors and Psychology electives. The basic principle of Human Factors revolves around the idea that a particular product or system should be made to fit the users’ needs.

The faculty and staff of the Human Factors department, here at Embry-Riddle, work tirelessly to help students realize their true potential by helping them through their classes, explaining difficult principles or working with them side-byside on shared research projects. So if you are looking for a new and interesting field of study or just looking to add a minor, stop by today!

The Diversity Initiatives Office says hello to all! Richard Stickney

Diversity Initiatives During this past summer, President Johnson split the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Women’s Center into three entities so that each area would be able to better focus on their respective objectives. Ms. Cindy Oakley-Paulik will continue to serve as the Daytona Beach campus’ Women’s Center Director. Ms. Pam Peer has been promoted from the Office of Summer Academies at the Daytona Beach campus to the University Director of Community Outreach and Summer Programs K through 12 Initiatives. Mr. Richard Stickney was promoted from Academic Advisor at the First Year Programs Office to University Director of Diversity Initiatives. Peer will serve to increase awareness and enrich education of local communities K-12 on the Daytona Beach campus and Prescott campuses and the various academic summer camps will be served at her office which will be located in the new modular buildings outside Doolittle Hall.

Peer has worked at ERAU for 10 years and has spent almost all of it at Summer Academies. She plans to get involved with local schools and prepare students to transition from elementary schooling to college life. Peer offers ERAU students positions for student employment as Peer Mentors and Camp Counselors if you are interested in such opportunities. With a dedicated summer academy office, Peer aims to grow the Outreach program and make the Embry-Riddle name even better known so as to attract the highest caliber of student for this institution. The summer camps also allow Embry-Riddle a way to return to the community around us. Stickney is an American raised with the American attitude of “Melting Pot” where all people from around the world come together to become one people. However, he sees the inherent problem with this concept since people are truly different: different genders, different backgrounds, different origins and different cultures amongst others As he has learned through living around the world, Stickney

has come up with a unique perspective on the idea of diversity. In fact, Stickney prefers the term Inclusiveness. He also prefers the idea that each one of us has our own gifts, our own skills and our own perspectives! In light of this, Stickney suggests that we each bring our own tile to place into the mosaic of people that is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “Embry-Riddle is a place where students from all over the world come together to share their passion for aviation, and as the industry is such a global one, it is important that our graduates not only know about other cultures, but also understand them. This knowledge will be invaluable in the working world,” said Stickney. Both Peer and Stickney were recognized for their unique skills and abilities in relation to matters of outreach, diversity and inclusiveness. “This opportunity to serve the University is one that I have been working towards all of my life” says Stickney, who invites you to meet with him in order for him to learn directly from you. Feel free to drop him a line by writing to stick98b@

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Alena Thompson

Women’s Center Do you want to start off this year with a running start? Join us at the For Women Only orientation event. Not only does it help orient incoming female freshmen with the opportunities available on campus, but also to bring awareness to some of the new opportunities there are for returning students. This short orientation gives you the who, what and where to female student organizations and departments on campus that are here to help you. Our panel of speakers include: Gloria King representing Women’s Mini Baja, Gilda Tiro representing Women in Aviation, Jessica Steinmann representing the F.I.R.S.T. Mentor program, Theresa Brown representing Elaine Larsen’s ERAU jet car, Cindy Oakley-Paulik representing Women’s Center, Alena Thompson representing the Avion and the ERAU Water Purifying team and much more. There will be 15 to 20 booths of current organizations that you can participate in. Additionally, you will be entered into a raffle for over $1,000 in door prizes including gift certificates and gift

baskets. The event kicks off at 1:00 p.m. at the Willie Miller Instructional Center (IC) Auditorium and runs until 2:00 p.m. with a small reception and Hors D’oeuvres following. If you are a returning student, please represent your school or organization by wearing your organization’s t-shirt. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to come. Please R.S.V.P. for proper food arrangement to dbdivsty@erau. edu. Returning students, faculty and staff volunteers are needed! Please email us if you can assist. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Counseling Center. The Women’s Center at Embry-Riddle is a special place where female students and organizations can meet, attend events for women or just have fun. Either to hang out and watch television with other girls in the Women’s Center lounge or to go on a field trip to Disney World, being involved at the Women’s Center is a great way to just enjoy yourself. The Women’s Center was opened on August 31, 2006 and was designed to be a welcoming space dedicated for women. However, it has grown to much more than that. The Women’s

Center provides a mentor program to help new students adjust to Embry-Riddle life from “where not to eat” to tips on “what courses to take” from upper classmen who have learned from experience. The Women’s Center helps females reach their full potential with support, tutoring (Mon. -Thu., 5-9 p.m. in Engineering, Physics and Math) and eyeopening service projects. The Women’s Center also has a collection of books and films in the library consisting of popular fiction, classics, LGBTQ, women’s topics and much more. The Women’s Center is not all work though. It has activities such as game nights, Ice Cream Socials, Underground Disney, Kennedy Space Center Trip, and presentations by female speakers. These are all-women programs so you have the opportunity to be in a stress free environment, make lifelong friends, and most importantly, have fun. If you have any inquiries or would like to visit, please stop by the Women’s Center in 404 in Building C in Alphabet Soup. Coming to Embry-Riddle proves that you are destined for greatness and the Women’s Center wants to help you get there.

Alena Thompson

Women’s Center Do you have what it takes to move fast, solve clues and take ridiculous pictures? Even if you do not, we want you to be part of the Riddle-Run-Around Scavenger Hunt! If you are not acquainted with the Riddle-Run-Around, Urban Dictionary defines it as the following: “The act in which employees and staff of Embry-Riddle give students a ‘Runaround.’ The runaround typically consists of having students refer to other departments for answers that no one has answers to.” However, unlike the traditional Riddle-Run-Around, this is a female competition where competitors try to follow clues, solve problems and find locations on campus. Students will be assigned into teams of four to six girls and will compete for an hour in this open competition. This competition is open to all female students on campus from both undergraduate and graduate levels from all four colleges. The teams who win receive the title for winners of the year along with gift certificates for one of the three categories: most riddles solved, the best pictures, and the best team overall. Before the run around, teams

can prepare by a free light dinner while acquainting yourself more with your teammates. For the first time, the RiddleRun-Around is sponsored by all four colleges and the Women’s Center’s Female Initiatives: Reaching Success Together Program or F.I.R.S.T. The F.I.R.S.T. program is designed to help students to achieve success at Embry-Riddle by offering a wide range of events to allow students to interact with like-minded peers and mentors. Participants in the program can compete for one of twelve $1,000 F.I.R.S.T. Mentor Scholarships by going to tutoring sessions, meeting with their mentor and by participating in events such as: the Riddle Run Around, Scholarship Dinner (Italian Feast Night!), Dinner at ERAU President Johnson’s home, monthly lunchn-learn presentations and either a Kennedy Space Center Tour, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Disney or Universal Studios. To summarize: have fun, eat free food, win prizes, receive tutoring and you have a chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship! All events blast off after our annual Riddle-Run Around event on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. in the Fountain Room. Do not be left behind! If you would like to participate for the first time or defend your title for the Riddle Run Around, please R.S.V.P by Aug. 29 to

your college’s female mentor or to Cindy Oakley-Paulik, Director of the Women’s Center at College of Engineering: • Lisa Davids - Assistant Professor of Engineering ( • Heidi Steinhauer -Assistant Professor of Engineering ( College of Business: • Anke Arnaud - Assistant Professor of Management ( College of Arts & Sciences: • Sharmistha Chakrabarti - Assistant Professor of Mathematics (chakr9f4@ College of Aviation: • Carolina Lenz-Anderson - Assistant Professor of Aviation (lenzc@erau. edu) You may additionally contact your college’s female mentor concerning any questions about our upcoming events such as the Girl’s Night out at the Daytona Lagoon, College of Engineering, Space & Engineering Physics Scholarship and Info dinner at 6 p.m. in the College of Aviation first floor Atrium on Sept. 14 and the Scholarship and Info dinner at 6 p.m. in the College of Aviation on Sept. 15 for non-engineering majors. Be sure to mark your calendars and start this year off right!


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100,000 Graduates and more to come Hannah Langhorn Staff Reporter

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has come a long way since the school started back in 1925. Starting out as a small flight training school in Cincinnati by John Paul Riddle, it was anyone’s guess of just how far his dream would go; from three graduates in 1926 to 100,000 alumni with the graduating class of Spring 2011. “It takes awhile for a University to reach this level…” says Sara Withrow, Editor of Alumni Relations. “…and this speaks for the school’s history and succession,” Withrow continued. Although there are 100,000 alumni on record, which include anyone who has received a diploma of completion of their degree, there are over 100,000 alumni when you include the pilots of WWII and any others who received their pilot licenses. Regardless, the class of Spring 2011 made the number (on record) official and granted the prestigious honor of a standing of 100,000 alumni. The number is cumulative of the Daytona campus, Prescott, and all Worldwide campuses combined. “It’s a great reason to celebrate,” says Michéle Berg, Executive Director of Alumni Relations. “So, we are doing so at every

graduation this year at all campuses.” The arrival of the Daytona Beach campus in 1965 and Prescott campus in 1978 generated a significant rise in EmbryRiddle’s students and eventual alumni. At the same time Worldwide campuses began in Fort Rucker, Alabama and eventually grew to over 150 locations, none of which offering flight training. The achievement of 100,000 not only brought celebration among current graduates, but, included the likes of past alumni as well. In addition to the achievement, a new scholarship established originally by the Atlanta and New York alumni chapter, has been presented. The Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship will now be available to those students in need. “The Scholarship was created in honor of Embry-Riddle’s 100,000 alumni milestone.” explained Christopher Carta, Associate Director of Alumni Relations. It’s no surprise that the Class of 2011 has much to celebrate for at this year’s graduation, its only appropriate that they wear the “We Made it Happen in 2011” t-shirts made by the Alumni Association in honor of the circumstances amidst. “We’re just happy to have reached 100,000…” states Carta. “... (And) we’re aiming for 100,000 more.” This year’s graduates are now among the elite and a part of a historical achievement for Embry-Riddle. Michéle Berg, however, stated it best in the conclusion of her speech at Daytona Beach’s recent commencement ceremony. “Even though you now say goodbye, we say hello. Welcome to the Alumni Association.”

Upgrading our campus housing Julliet Okeke

Staff Reporter During the summer, a lot of construction and upgrading projects are being made to better the living conditions of ERAU students on campus. This summer, the housing and residence life department has embarked on implementing some changes in the following halls: Doolittle, O’Connor, Chanute and McKay. Also some changes are being made around the student village circle. O’Connor hall in the student village is being outfitted with stoves to enable students to prepare their own meals. Also, over the range microwaves are being put in place as well in that hall. A new option for students who want to live in private rooms with full sized beds in the hall has also been approved. The student village circle fire lane area has also been repainted and redesigned for safety. Einstein’s cafeteria in the village is also being refreshed with a larger menu as a result of feedback from the students. Floor replacements have also been done in Stimpson hall. Kristen Getka, Associate Director of Housing and Residence life said that most of the planned changes depend on the financing received from the university. A 1.7 million dollar window replacement project is

now taking place in the student village. The windows now are impact resistant; this allows lighting and also makes the room cooler Changes in the Doolittle hall started last year with the repainting of the walls and the replacement of the floors. The changes being made inside Doolittle is as a result of the last year contract of .5 million dollar being finalized. According to Tom Hilgers, the Director of housing and Residence life, in 2005, upgrades where done in McKay hall. The floors, toilets and bathrooms were replaced, new railings were also put in place, and the window units were also changed. Refrigerators were also replaced from the small to big ones. This year, the McKay hall exterior is being repainted In Chanute, the off-campus hall the doors are being replaced from wooden doors to metal door frames so as to enhance the safety of the students. The windows in Chanute were made with impact resistant panes to make the room cooler and also enhance safety. A study lounge is being created in the off campus hall. Students are encouraged to give there feedbacks on changes they want to see take place in the upcoming summer semesters and should be aware that Embry-Riddle Resident Student Association (ERRSA) is always there to take care of their concerns.



Apollo Astronaut speaks Richard Weakley Staff Reporter

Last Thursday evening, in the College of Aviation Atrium, the AIAA held their AIAA ERAU Student Branch Formal Dinner with Apollo Astronaut Al Worden as the guest speaker. Worden shared with the audience his memories of the Apollo Program and offered advice for up and coming engineers and those aspiring to be astronauts. Worden served as the Apollo 15 Command Module pilot performing science experiments in lunar orbit while fellow astronauts David Scott and James Irwin descended in the lunar lander and explored the surface of the moon.

Sitting in the Apollo Command Module atop the Saturn V on July 26, 1971 before launch was described by Worden as “quiet and dark” while the vehicle being prepared for flight. During the time when he had completed his tasks and was awaiting lift off,

Worden was actually relaxed enough for a two hour nap. The ascent of the vehicle had a “smooth acceleration” and the astronauts could not tell when they cleared the tower except for mission control stating that fact and from the instruments onboard the vehicle. Upon reaching lunar orbit, Worden said that “the most unique thing about being out at the moon is going around the moon and seeing the Earth. That’s a mind blower when you see the Earth from back there. Also another thing was the first time when we saw the moon up close was really astounding. That really just blew my mind. You see a couple of scenes like that, which you are so not prepared to, they make a lifelong impression on you.” When asked about how humbling it is to the see the moon up close, Worden responded that “you can’t even describe how


small it makes you feel.” During the part of the lunar orbit that led him to the dark side of the moon when the spacecraft was between the Earth and Sun shadows and there was no light, Worden recollected, “that’s something I’ll never forget seeing the universe. [I] couldn’t see individual stars, just a broad brush of light.” After returning back to Earth, Worden calculated the number of stars visible to him at that point was 106 more than can be seen from the surface of the Earth. After recollecting his space flight experience, Worden offered advice to those students present. For whose wanting to be astronauts or space program engineers Worden advises them to “have patience. Hope for the best. I don’t know what direction the space program is going to go. There’s always going to be opportunities in the space program, it just might not be manned space…I think with the training you get at Embry-Riddle it doesn’t make a difference if its manned space or unmanned space, you still learn about rockets and propulsion. I think there’s always a future there [in space exploration]”. Worden explained that in the industry you may not get along with everyone you work with however, “you don’t need to get along with people you work with if you do everything professionally.” Worden did not get along with one of his fellow crew members, but through doing everything as trained and directed by Mission Control and professionally they were able to complete the mission objectives and perform additional research. This led Apollo 15 to be known in the scientific community as the Apollo program flight that accomplished the most science. Also, Worden cautioned that doing something “Earth shaking” like going to the moon, will not come without personal sacrifices. “What you give up is a lot of family time…in fact, my marriage did not survive to my flight because I was gone so much. We all go through periods in our lives that we have to make a decision about what you do. With the space program that was a pretty big thing. It was not something I was willing to give up.”

Year in Review Looking back at a year of hybrid courses Page


Priyanka Kumar Copy Editor

Fall Issue 4 - Oct. 4 This fall semester, EmbryRiddle re-introduced hybrid courses on campus providing students with a new way to learn. In hybrid courses, students are provided a flexible class schedule where some of the face-to-face class sessions are replaced with online learning activities. This new style of course delivery was implemented as a trial this semester to determine what is needed to insure that hybrid courses are just as effective as traditional learning. According to Dr.Shirley Waterhouse, Senior Director of the Office of Academic and Excellence Innovation, hybrid courses can be more “innovative and interactive.” “The number one priority is a personalized learning experience for students, and hybrid courses have great potential to augment that experience through the effective utilization of technology enhancements, “ Dr.Waterhouse said. Dr. Dave Pedersen, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, who also plays a role in developing and supporting the new system, is equally excited about the new opportunity. “This is an extension of a course re-design program that has been underway with faculty for a few years in an effort to help them make their courses more engaging. The hybrid portion focuses on the online component in addition to face-to-face learning,” Dr.Pedersen said. According to Dr.Pedersen, this learning method was tested at ERAU ten years ago. Dr.Pedersen stated that students seemed to enjoy the flexibility and convenience when the hybrid classes were offered back then. “Teachers provided students with many interactive learning activities through the use of technology enhancements. Also, teachers and students could stay in close communication using the online discussion

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tools in Blackboard. Students should know that hybrid courses require them to be technically competent, self-directed, and highly motivated,” Dr.Pedersen said regarding the new method. Nine committee members from the Task Face on Innovation participated in researching innovative instructional practices and recommended that the hybrid course delivery method be further researched this semester. “Our mission is to determine the current environment at the DB campus in relation to the mplementation of innovative instruction and to help our leaders understand what resources are needed in order to implement the exciting, emerging technologies that will help faculty enhance teaching and learning, “ Dr. Waterhouse, Chair of the Task Force, said. According to Dr. Waterhouse, the Task Force based its research on two very significant reports published in 2009. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s report entitled “The College of 2020” focused on what today’s students want in their educational experience and emphasized that students will continue to want more technology-enhanced learning as well as more flexible course delivery options such as hybrid courses. The Department of Education’s “Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning” reports that learning in hybrid and online courses can be as effective as traditional courses due to the implementation of instructional strategies that promote additional student interaction with content and the instructor. Similarly, professors play a big role in developing and integrating the new format to their classes. According to Dr.Waterhouse, certain professors attended focus groups conducted last fall, and she found the faculty eager to get better as instructors. “During the focus group discussions, there was a lot of energy and excitement about the implementation of instructional innovation on our campus. We all want to make sure

that we utilize innovation and technology in ways that help us provide our students with the best learning experience possible. Of course, leadership is always dedicated to providing the best education for students, and the hybrid courses delivered on trial this semester will help them determine the resources and processes needed to insure ongoing instructional innovation,” she said. D r. P e d e r s e n and Dr.Waterhouse both agreed that the disadvantage of hybrid courses is that it takes a lot of time and work to develop the best technology- enhanced learning strategies to aid both students and faculty. “It takes faculty significant time and also requires significant technology tools and training resources for faculty,” Dr, Waterhouse said. In order to participate in the hybrid course trials this semester, faculty were required to go through a training program where they designed the hybrid course and had it evaluated using a “quality rubric,” and finally, the course had to be approved by the Department Chair. “This process is to insure that the hybrid courses we deliver at ERAU are of the highest quality, “ Dr. Waterhouse said. Dr.Waterhouse’s goal for the hybrid program this semester is to be able to demonstrate what is needed to develop and deliver effective hybrid courses. “I want our hybrid courses and our use of instructional technologies to enhance teaching and learning. My number one priority is that students continue to receive a personalized learning experience on our campus and that we utilize technologies and instructional innovations to make continuous improvements for our students. In fact, I would love to hear from students on what they think about hybrid courses and the use of technologies in their learning,” Dr.Waterhouse said. Dr.Waterhouse encourages students to contact her via e-mail if there are any questions regarding this new learning design. The new Spring 2011 catalogue will be released in the upcoming weeks and a clarifying statement

Alumni offer insight to all Ainsley Robson

Campus Editor On Thursday, Oct. 7, Career Services and the Student Alumni Association came together to provide students with the opportunity to talk to an Embry-Riddle panel about different topics of interest. There was a pre-event networking social that started at 5:00 p.m. in the COB Atrium and the panel discussion immediately followed at 5:30 p.m. in COB room 114. The members of this event panel were Ethan Croop, “06 DB” Operations Agent for Lee County Port Authority; Bill Cush, “94 DB” Cessna 402 Fleet Manager for Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines; Jamie Killoch, “03 DB” Analyst Safety Data for JetBlue Airways; Christina Marsh, “89 DB” Acting Assistant Manager, ACE-101 for FAA Small Airplane Directorate; Adam Moore, “04 DB” Senior Software Engineer for Lockheed Martin Corp.; and Kandi Spangler, “99 DB” Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Jet Support Services, Inc. Topics of discussion included how to network and the key question to ask alumni, how well

they were prepared for entering the industry after graduation, co-op and internships, the outlook of the industry, the benefits of multiple languages and international business, and their biggest piece of advice for students. Spangler shared that with networking and talking with alumni, it is important to “introduce with confidence,” and “with great pride.” She also added that you are your own salesman, but also that it is important to ask about them and what they do. During the discussion about how well Embry-Riddle students are prepared for the industry in comparison with other universities out there, Marsh pointed out that the University teaches more practical than theoretical and that at the FAA, they look for Embry-Riddle graduates because of this practical experience in education. All of the panel members seemed to be in agreement that the outlook for the industry seems to be in a positive trend for the better, with the most growth occurring in the international arena. It was also added by Marsh that companies such as the FAA are looking at develop-

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ment programs to increase the number of younger employees that are working at the FAA. Although each panel member had their own piece of advice, all of the advice was actionable items that student could do. Whether it was Croop’s, which was to encourage internship because it allows you to discover a variety of things for you to do and see what you like before graduation, or Killoch’s, which was to never stop learning and networking, and that it can include not eating alone. Overall, Lisa Scott-Kollar, Executive Director of Career Services, added that “I thought the event was amazing and believe everyone got something out of it, the students that took advantage of the event were definitely given an advantage. I do want to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Director of Alumni Career Services, Alicia Smyth, for putting this program together, she did an outstanding job and I was honored to be a part of it. This was the second year for this event and we are already planning for next year. Hopefully attendance will continue to grow as we all know that networking is so important.”

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will describe hybrid courses. Note that next to certain courses the words “HYB” will be printed indicating that they are both face-to-face and incorporated with online work. Online work may be alternated any day of the week depending on the professor that designs it. For example, a professor may assign student to complete all online work on all Fridays of the semester. Look out for the course catalogue for more information or contact Dr.Shirley Whitehouse. Fall Issue 10 - Nov. 23 As the semester comes to an end, students are busy selecting classes for Spring 2011, and modifying their schedules. Hybrid courses are a continuation of one of the latest modifications to class-styles, which the current catalogue does not indicate near each specific hybrid course that is being offered next semester. According to Dr. Ashley Lear, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, the classes she taught contained students who seemed to adapt well to hybrid courses, and some students who had difficulty adjusting to its format. As a result of bringing back hybrid courses back to campus this semester, student responses were on both ends of the spectrum. Junior Luke Arant is currently enrolled in three hybrid courses and was not aware that his classes were hybrid until the first day of school. Arant, however, took it well and enjoyed working at his own pace. “ I liked that all of the assignments were already posted and I could work ahead…I also liked that we got a day off from class each week to do the online assignment on our own,” Arant stated. Arant was also in favor of hybrid courses’ ability to give him more flexibility. “It [hybrid courses] narrowed my focus. I could sit at home and work on completing the assignment without being distracted by other classmates. Also, a lot more can be done online to help

enhance learning. Discussion boards force everyone to participate to get a grade and you get to see everyone’s response to the assignment where in a classroom not everyone would necessarily participate. Online quizzes can allow for multiple attempts to help you learn the material,” he said. Sophomore Giselle Maranhao felt differently towards her hybrid course. “I realized that the time I had to work on the assignments was about the same and I missed out on an hour of class time every week, which is a lot better than an hour in front of the computer. Simply having a professor there to answer your questions is something that hybrid courses take away from the student,” she said. Maranhao felt that it would have been easier to learn with formal and further explanations in class rather than on a PowerPoint to look at outside of class. Maranhao gave an example of a poem that was posted on her assignments to do by Herself where she did not understand the content even with annotations. According to her, she better understood the poem when her teacher went over it in class the next day. “When I read them on my own, they still did not make much sense to me, even when I read the annotations. However, in the class after the online one; our professor explained the poems again and it caught my attention that she was pretty much saying the same thing she wrote in the annotations, but this time it made more sense to me. I think it was her tone of voice and hand gestures that made everything easier to understand,” she said. Overall, Lear feels that hybrid courses are not for every student. She encourages students who are confident in doing work independently to take hybrid courses. “Not every student is able to engage in self-learning,” Lear said. More specifically, Lear felt that for her literature classes, she encourages students who posses “strong literary/ writing skills and students who are self-disciplined and self-

motivated.” Lear described some of the benefits to hybrid courses, which include room for creativity and a chance for students to “play with learning.” “It’s [hybrid courses] more engaging and best in a literature course where you can use it beyond what you get in a classroom.” She enjoyed posting a variety of assignments that required students to post videos Arant, Maranhao, and Lear all agreed that technical difficulties were an obstacle in these courses. Students felt that teachers worked around them, and Lear said she would often direct students to the IT department to better serve their needs. Lear also stated that it takes quality time and effort to create these online courses, but that hybrid courses are not to be confused with online courses. “On the first day of school, students were cheering thinking that they have a day off from class every week, but they actually had to do work that day,” Lear said. She noted that this is a residential campus, and students come here for a reason. According to data collected in a survey format from three of Dr.Lear’s classes, 21 out of 66 students responded to a survey on how they felt about these courses. Four students said they would not enroll in another hybrid course, and 14 students said that they either agree or strongly agree that they learn as well in a hybrid course as they do in traditional face-toface courses. Lear concluded that she feels that the point of hybrid courses is to get students to take more responsibility as students. “It’s to make them more self-directed learners, it’s crucial that students learn to be analytical to information they see online. Being independent of a classroom will help students in their future careers when they are demanded to work independently,” she said. Hybrid courses are offered next semester, and although they are not indicated in the current catalogue, students may contact Shirley Waterhouse, Director of Academic Excellence and Innovation, for specific listings.

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Year in Review



Embry-Riddle pushes for green energy Peter Tan

Staff Reporter Fall Issue 9 - Nov. 16 Embry-Riddle has begun construction work on the roof of the John Paul Riddle Student Center. This work is done by the facilities department, and its contractors to install the new solar powered water heating system. This will help reduce energy costs of the building by using something Florida has a lot of – Sunlight. This was made possible with funding an anonymous donor, who specifically requested that the money be put towards solar power. According to Mr. Ward Mead, Director of Campus Operations, the project entails resurfacing the entire roof surface to make it structurally sound, installing the foundations for the solar panels, taking out the old water heating system, and installing the new system. As the roof is already due for resurfacing, the facilities department is getting multiple jobs done at one go, saving labor costs. The 150,000 dollar fund will go towards paying for the twentyeight four foot by ten foot solar panels, and all associated installation costs such as fixtures, and manpower. The funds for resurfacing the roof will come from a separate budget that has already been set aside. The construction in the Student Center will not affect students’ access to food. All work will be conducted on the roof, and will have minimal interruption to the daily activities that happen below it. Although there will come a time when the system will be switched to the new setup, this will be done at a time least disruptive to the populace. The entire system is expected to be functional before the end of the semester. Mead also shared that the initial plan for the money was to develop a solar heating system to heat the swimming pool next to the fitness center; however, he came in with a better plan to supply hot water to the

Student Center for the kitchens to use instead. The legally required temperature for dishwashers is 180F, meaning that a lot of energy is spent heating the cold water that comes from the utilities company to the level the dishwashers require. By having the sun heat the water anywhere from 140 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, this reduces the amount of power the dishwashers consume, keeping energy costs down, making the school more efficient, and eco-friendly. Dr. Richard Heist, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the school, said “We pay the city for electricity and water, and that’s going up all the time, so anything that could potentially reduce operating costs should be looked into.” The new storage system is believed to retain heat better than the old system, and the new storage capacity will be a total of 2000 gallons, provided by two separate storage tanks. A pump will channel cold water from the city supply up onto the roof, where it will run through panels, similar to a car’s radiator although in this case, it absorbs, rather than dissipates heat. There will still be a backup gas boiler in the event there is a sudden demand for hot water that is not present. This project is the case-study for the school to explore options for deploying solar power in the school as part of the continuing efforts on Green Initiatives. Based on the results of this system, it will then be determined if it is financially viable to deploy similar systems in the Student Village where it will supply both the kitchens and residence halls, or dormitories like McKay and Apollo halls. Some of the additional initiatives include how the new Administration Block is being built as an eco-friendly building from the ground up. “You do that upfront and you pay for it but you recoup the investment as you go along,” Heist said.

All this is part of EmbryRiddle’s continuing pursuit of Green Initiatives which also include the SGA’s recycling program, the Eco-Car, the EcoPlane, and the new fuel that is slated to replace 100LL. Mr. Mead has also said that there is a possibility of deploying photovoltaic solar cells on the roofs of buildings as well, supplying electricity. However this water heating project is the baseline to study the rate of returns on this investment, and will be the guideline for all future building efficiency projects. Spring Issue 7 - Mar. 8 During the winter break, the facilities department completed installation of the solar powered water heating system on the roof of the student center. The construction went without a hitch and the fully completed system includes 28 solar panels, connected to two 500 gallon tanks. These tanks feed into a gas-powered water heater tank which then supplies hot water to the kitchen and washrooms of the UC.

A s part of the construction effort, the roof was also reinsulated, accomplishing two construction projects at one time, an ensuring the UC remains energy efficient. The solar panels on the roof are rated for 130mph winds, so students need not worry about them blowing off and causing

danger to the people below. The feeding system has failsafes that shut it down when the water is too hot, and mixing valves that pump hot water into the system when it is too cold, to prevent thermal shock to the equipment. These measures protect the $150,000 investment. All the systems are monitored from a computer in the facilities department, meaning that this system has almost no maintenance required as sensors will inform them if anything is amiss. A set of four panels can raise the water to temperatures exceeding 180F (the required temperature for dishwasher hygiene) in just one cycle, making this system highly efficient. With seven banks of four panels, large amounts of water can be heated up

quickly. Mr. Ward Mead of the

facilities department has said that there have been a few days where the water exceeded 180F, and that they had to mix cold water in, to lower the temperature for usage. Considering that their aim was to heat water to around 140F, this system has exceeded expectations by a long shot. This water then flows through copper pipes that are heavily insulated with PVC, preventing heat loss. The piping system also includes pressure relief valves in the event that the water vaporizes on extremely hot days. The facilities department has already noticed a drop in the gas con-

sumption of the water heating system in the UC, but will need a full year’s worth of numbers to come up with a report that will advise the school administration on whether to deploy this system elsewhere as well. Depending on the success of this system, the Housing and Residence life department might choose to implement the same system in the student village where it will store hot water from the day to supply to almost a thousand students.




Year in Review

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Financial aid Four Loko and K2 cause controversy office begins workshops Mpho Mofokeng

Guest Reporter This semester has been the first in which Embry-Riddle has been confronted with the challenge of K2. For many students it has become a substitute to marijuana. K2, in many places, is sold legally in tobacco shops, flea markets and malls. It is said to be a safe drug and doesn’t appear on standard drug tests. Its potential danger and long term effects are unknown at this time. Just this semester according to an e-mail from Michael O. Murray, Vice President and General Counsel, “The Daytona Beach Campus recently had a small rash of student discipline cases involving K-2, and I hear Prescott has had a few as well, and several students have told me it’s fairly rampant in the area.” One of these incidences this semester, at the Daytona Beach campus, resulted in the suspension of 3 of 6 students who were involved in one incident on campus. One of the students had an extreme reaction which landed her in the hospital. The other 3 students involved are required to help educate their fellow students on the effects of this drug. The events of that night were what brought to the attention of campus safety and security the abuse of the substance. In research for this article, it has been learned that this is a topic that is not unique to this campus, but is a growing problem for many other campuses across the country. For Embry-Riddle these new incidences have served as a wake-up call for the University and their need to educate students about these substances. When the students

were brought to the Honors Board, compiled of students, faculty and investigating officers, it was found that neither group knew the full dangers or effects of the drug. The producers of K2 define it as a mixture of botanicals and herbs blended with proprietary ingredients. Note that this isn’t a full list, so as to keep the competition of counterfeiters at bay. They did however list what they called the base ingredients. These are: Canavalia rosea, Clematis vitalba, Nelumbo nucifera, Pedicularis grandifolia, Heimia salicifolia, Leonurus sibricus and Ledum palustre. In continued research it is found that many of these plants on their own are dangerous to humans. Clematis for example can cause skin irritation, profuse salivation, and blistering, inflamed eyes, abdominal cramping, vomiting of blood, weakness, bloody diarrhea, and painful excessive or bloody urine. When taken orally you may experience intense inflammation and burning around your mouth, irritated kidneys and an ultimately diminished urinary output. Nelumbo better known as Lotus may lower your blood pressure, adjust your heartbeat and increase the risk of bleeding. It may even cause antifertility activity. Research led this reporter to a new substance called HU-210. It cannot be traced in drug tests, acts the same as THC and cannot be handled without a license. This is an ingredient said to be contained in spice. It is a research chemical, having its purpose lies within the boundaries of experimentation which has been conducted on rats up until now. It is harmful and slows memory

and movement. Lastly, on the K2 website under their warnings, number 14 states that K2 has been designed for external use only, isn’t to be used to make tea or to be inhaled. Number 20, the inhalation warning read as follows, “In rare instances, some incense products may adversely affect individuals with allergies and/ or breathing disorders. These reactions can be severe and result in, or aggravate: lung diseases, conditions, illnesses and breathing difficulties. Before using an incense product, you may want to consult your doctor first.” 4-Loco is an alcohol energy drink that contains not only 12% alcohol per volume, but also guarana, taurine and caffeine. This drink, although a legal adult drink, has been causing problems on campuses across the country. Just like K2, Universities have become concerned about the danger involved with this substance as well. The concerns over this drink has reached the Food and Drug Administration who sent a letter to the manufacture of this drink a warning about the unsafe nature of the drink. It has also been banned from sale in several states including Washington State, Michigan, Utah, and Oklahoma, according to an article at www. Much of this has to do with the hospitalization of several under aged students from Central Washington State University, also noted in the same MSNBC article. The university feels that substances such as K2 and 4-Loco have no place at this institution or in this industry. Embry Riddle isn’t an art, business or philosophy school. Its chosen careers require its students to be more careful than that. Aviation is no place

Cardboard Construction Priyanka Kumar Copy Editor

On Friday, Mar. 11 to Saturday Mar. 12, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) held their seventh annual Charity House event to raise money for the homeless. This year’s theme was “Around the World” as clubs and organizations gathered on the West Lawn to express their creativity and share their support. ODK raised over 1,500 dollars for the event, as a 100-dollar entrance fee guaranteed each club/organization a spot on the West Lawn to build a creation that illustrated this year’s theme. From pyramids to coliseums, clubs began creating their houses early as noon on Friday on the lawn as mother nature did not favor the crowd when temperatures dipped to the lower 50s. Cleanup began on 7a.m. on Saturday morning as Silver Wings claimed first place with their coliseums and won a trophy and 150 dollars for a charity of their choice. Second place was given to EmbryRiddle Future Space Explorers

for their winnebago, as they won 100 dollars for a charity of their choice followed by ISA’s mosque coming in at third place. According to Amy Vaughan, Associate Director of Student Activities, a student named Darcy Hume several years ago wanted to start a large-scale project for ODK, which generated the idea for last week’s event. This year, ODK’s Charity House continued the success as 19 organizations were registered and participated according to Priscilla Katz, President of ODK. This year’s teams were only allowed to use cardboard, duct tape, cellophane, and based [spray] paints. According to Katz, ODK’s Charity House is their way of “increasing ERAU’s awareness of homelessness.” Morgan White, President of Silver Wings, stated that last week’s event was unlike others in the sense that there were different aspects incorporated into this year’s competition. “The games were different this year and there were new faces, it

was very fun,” White said. “I like how ODK runs this charity event in the University, it was absolutely a lot of fun and it was very cold,” White said. In response to how they managed to win first place, White stated that it took teamwork along with having fun with what they were doing. “We [Silver Wings] work together like a family with whatever we do all the time, we’re not a bunch of strangers, and it was also great seeing new faces helping because a lot of our seniors graduated,” she said. Gilda Tirro, a junior in Women in Aviation participated in the event by helping her organization create a pyramid. Tirro felt that the event was a unique way to raise money. “This was a fun thing and it also raises awareness, I’ve never seen anything else like it before so I think it’s really awesome,” Tirro said. Participators did not sit idle as events and games were offered such as comedians from Touchn-Go’s Friday Night Laughs, a wings-eating competition, a mummy wrap and a piñata. Cleanup ended at around 9a.m. on Saturday morning.


USING NOTHING BUT CARDBOARD, spray paint and lots and lots of duct tape, various clubs and organization gathered to build castles and pyramids all in the name of charity. Pictured are some participants having some fun after construction was finished.

for drugs and never will be. These careers require a sense of integrity on all parts and a no tolerance policy from the school. Sonja Taylor, Dean of Student Life, stated in an interview, “We as an institution have a responsibility to the student population.” This includes the responsibility to educate Embry-Riddle students about the harms of potentially dangerous substances including products such as K2 and 4-Loco. Murray added, “My big concern is that an otherwise innocent student could reason that because K-2 isn’t illegal, it may be okay to do so he/she can get a ‘legal’ high and relieve some stress from school and life, not yet realizing they can get into substantial trouble for using it, and can also have gravely adverse medical reactions to it, even with a single use.” The main objective for campus safety and the university as a whole is education as well as maintaining control. Through education they hope to prevent students from ‘tripping up and ruining their careers’. Dean Taylor further justified her position by stating that the university’s mission is to educate and prepare its students to be professionals in the aviation industry. This requires students to be alert and have full function of their senses and substances that impair these senses have no place in the aerospace industry. The substance is therefore incompatible to the mission, not to mention outside of federal regulation. The students’ safety is after all a primary concern. Dean Taylor added, “we care about our students,” which unfortunately cannot be said about the producers of substances like K2.

Peter Tan

Staff Reporter It is commonplace to hear the phrase “Embry-Riddle is an expensive school” around campus and this fact is true to some extent. In Florida, EmbryRiddle ranks as one of the most expensive schools, even though there are many other schools in the United States that charge higher fees and have higher living expenses. Many students in the school join ROTC to obtain some form of scholarship to ease the financial burden of tuition fees and the more enterprising amongst us might go to websites such as to look for scholarship opportunities. Fret no more! The Financial Aid department has heard the plea of the students and is now starting a series of workshops to work with students to help them obtain scholarships and other forms of financial aid. There will be a presentation on how to maximize your scholarship application efforts and financial aid counselors will work individually with the student to help him or her find out what options are available to them and how best to obtain as much funding as possible for their education. For those of you who do not know of www. (or even for those that do), the Financial Aid Department will teach you what you need to know and how to save as much time as possible on the website. From ensuring that

you find out about as many scholarships you are eligible for, to crafting that essay, you will find assistance from the financial aid counselors. They understand that as college students, we are already burdened with so much schoolwork that finding out scholarship information is an extra chore. However, think about it this way, instead of just taking the first part-time job you see, spend a few hours with them and form a master application and start sending them out. Even if you only bring in small amounts at first, these dollars will let you enjoy the financial freedom without the added stress and responsibility of a job. For the skeptical, one need not look any further than Robin Buhler, currently a sophomore in Aeronautical Science here. Buhler was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of the magazine known as “The Leader.” In the article, Buhler lists down some tips and hints he has for scholarship applications and all these tips and more will be covered in the Financial Aid workshops. A copy of the article can be obtained from the department if you wish to read more about it


Year in Review D5 Runway 7L construction October rock Page

The Avion, August 23, 2011

Andrew Zaback Staff Reporter

After an incredibly successful air show earlier this month, Daytona International Airport will play host to a new set of transient equipment. Bulldozers, dump trucks and paving machinery will be stationed on and around the airport’s longest runway, 7L-25R. In 1992, the 7,500 ft. runway was extended to its present length at 10,500 ft. Its width remained the same at 150 ft. At the time of this project, the original length had been redone so that the full span could have a similar maintenance schedule. Three years ago, the Department of Transportation conducted a campaign to determined the condition of all runways in the state of Florida. The campaign used an indicator called a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) that is rated on a scale of zero to 100. Runway 7L-25R’s PCI averaged at 53 with the total range of samples taken going from 31 to 64. This PCI showed that the runway was in a very poor to fair condition and it was due for preventative maintenance. The minimum average score to prevent construction is a 65. Once the PCI was determined, the runway went through another test to determine the integrity of the pavement. Using a device called the Heavy Weight Deflectometer (HWD), the original and extended segment of 7L-25R was tested. The HWD device tests the pavement by applying a weight on different parts of the runway in order to simulate an aircraft touching down and taxiing. It has a max load of 40,000 lbs. Results showed a crack in both sections with a depth of 2.5 inches. It also showed that the extension’s asphalt was just under half as thick as

the original runway. The lack of pavement was compensated with an additional 4.9 inches of sub base (material under the asphalt such as course soil or gravel). Plans for the project call for milling old pavement down and replacing it with new asphalt. The extended portion of the runway will be milled down by 2” and adding 9” while the original section of runway is milled down 2.5” and 7” are added. This will increase the elevation of the runway by 7” and 4.5” respectively. The millings from the runway will be recycled and used in future projects for shoulders and base materials underneath concrete. However, they cannot be used in the top-finishing layer of the runway per FAA regulations. Also, only 30% of the overall content of the new material can be recycled. The rehabilitation of 7 L - 2 5 R includes more than just the pavement on the runway. The electrical system will be over-

hauled with tasks that include replacing circuit conductors and transformers for runway lighting systems, elevated edge and threshold fixtures will be replaced along with the edge light cans. In addition to the new fixtures and circuitry, centerline and touchdown zone lights will be installed with LED lights. LED runway edge lights are currently pending review by the FAA. The project will cost an esti-

mated $17.2 million and is funded through a variety of sources. The FAA will absorb the majority of the costs at 95% while the remaining 5% will be split evenly between the Florida Department of Transportation and the Daytona Beach International Airport. Operations at KDAB have been increasing over the past two calendar years. In 2008, aircraft operations totaled at 309,458 and increased by 2,343 in 2009 to total 311,801. Daytona Beach International Airport and the primary contractor, P&S Paving in Daytona Beach, FL, have the construction effort split into six phases. Each phase will h a v e varied

effects on the operations of the runway. Take off distance will fluctuate over the duration of construction but all operations will remain VFR only. The first and longest phase will begin November 15, with the 7L blast pad and end 1,000 ft west of the November Three (N3) intersection. This leaves a total of 7,150 ft of useable runway for take offs and landings. Phase one is estimated to take 141 days with work occurring for 8 hours each day. Phase two will improve the section 1,000 ft west of

Homecoming 2011 theme announced Julliet Okeke

Staff Reporter Homecoming is an event held during the fall semester and is a much anticipated program by college students. The Avion interviewed the Director of Student Activities, Aaron Clevenger, to get a sneak preview of what the students should be expecting for homecoming this fall. The theme: Childhood Memories The Homecoming Slogan: “I don’t wanna grow up! I’m an ERAU kid!” The Homecoming Dates: October 31-November 5, 2011 AV: What events can be expected? AC: All of the traditional events that are hosted by TouchN-Go and Student Activities & Campus Events will be back. The week will include spirit signs, a chalk art contest, the annual “Air Jam!” competition, an outdoor movie, a comedy show, the Homecoming Parade, the Homecoming Tailgate Party and Tailgate Concert, the Homecoming Basketball Game and the Crowning of King & Queen at halftime. In addition, both the overall Homecoming Competition points will return for the third year and Bonus Bucks will be back all semester for its fourth year. The awards for Homecoming will once again be presented at the Bonus Bucks auction. AV: Are there new events or surprises for homecoming? AC: There is always the potential that there could be a Soccer Game during Homecoming and while I don’t want to jinx anything we do have our fingers crossed. This year Athletics will also be adding an official Homecoming Volleyball Game either Thursday

or Friday night. Student Activities & Campus Events is in talks with the Muscle Car Club who may be hosting a car show before the parade. Other events are often considered, for instance the idea of a Homecoming Dance has come up from time to time. We are always willing to consider new events that the students and alumni might be interested in we just need to hear from you. If you have ideas feel free to send them to any of the staff in Student Activities & Campus Events or talk with TNG, who help to make many of the homecoming entertainment choices. AV: How was the theme for homecoming chosen? AC: The students and staff around the Student Activities & Campus Events office as well as the team at TNG are quite creative and so every year we produce dozens of potential themes. We have some themes that get brought up year after year and Childhood Memories is one of them. Childhood Memories hit the possible homecoming theme list about three or four years ago but the team wanted to leave some room between similar themes. Comic Book Heroes, TV shows, and Board-games lend itself to being many of our childhood memories, and since those three themes were done back to back we wanted to go in a totally different direction in 2009 with the Bright Lights Big Cities theme. In 2010 we nearly chose Childhood Memories but between the Student Activities & Campus Events staff and the students in TNG there was a last minute push for Cartoons. This year we debated several other themes since so many Childhood Memories could be based on Cartoons. However,

those of us that were here in 2004 and 2005 when we did Movies and Books back to back learned that even though movies are often based on books our students and student organizations were creative enough to come up with very different themes. I believe that something as diverse as Childhood Memories will bring out some of our best theme choices yet. This year we also had the additional challenge of choosing a theme that could tie into the Alumni Relations yearlong celebration of our 100,000 graduates. We think that the alumni team can showcase many memories from those 100,000 alumni, whether they are from an alumnus’s memories of childhood or from their memories of growing up here at ERAU we think there are many potential ways that the two themes can go hand in hand. AV: Are there any other things you would like to add? AC: We have established a relationship with General Mills so during the parade you should expect to see some of your favorite GM characters from your childhood. Currently the Pillsbury Doughboy is scheduled to make his third annual appearance at this year’s parade. We also hope to have several of your favorite childhood memories from PBS shows and childhood books in the parade. Students should be prepared for the fun activities like homecoming which would come up during the fall semester. Any other suggestions would be highly welcomed by the department of student activities. Also students should be prepared to go for campus events and get bonus bucks towards the homecoming awards.

N3 to the west side of N5 and will last for 95, 8 hour days. This phase will have the least amount of usable runway available at just short of 3,700 ft. This length is 100 feet longer than the runway at Merrit Island Airport (KCOI) for comparison purposes. Phases three through six will average about a month in length each and will vary between 8-hour workdays and around the clock shifts. Each end of the runway will be resurfaced first before work commences on the intersection of 7L - 25R and 16-34. Throughout the construction period, 7L-25R will remain open with the exception of the time span needed to relocate threshold and reset the runway length. However, ILS practice approaches will be available at night through the construction period. It is the goal of airport operations to keep 16-34 and 7R-25L open at all times while this project is occurring. Airport staff and various flight schools around the airport have been working together in order to make sure training is not completely halted during any of the six phases. Students training at EmbryRiddle should be affected minimally while construction is occurring. Administrators at the flight line advise students to continue to stay current with NOTAMs and Flight Information Files (FIFs) to avoid any possibility of an accident or incident. The number one priority is safety and should be in the front of every pilot’s mind while flying in and out of KDAB. As runway length shrinks, the safety department will determine whether or not there is enough runway available to clear obstacles in a high-density altitude environment.

Julliet Okeke

Staff Reporter Rocktoberfest, the annual student favorite concert, is a rock show organized annually for the ERAU community by Touch N’ Go Productions. The concert, held on the west lawn this year, kicked off at 7:30 p.m. on October 29. Three tremendous bands graced the occasion this year: Megaphone, Shoreline and Chasing Thrill. A packed west lawn fed the bands’ energy, with the sounds being carried throughout campus. Free food was available from Touch N’ Go Productions, giving a full concert experience right here on campus. The show was a success due to the efforts of Eagles FM radio and Touch N Go productions. The bands also had a show stand where the students were allowed to sign up for their favorite band’s free mp3 music with other free gifts. This reporter managed to get an interview with one of the band members from Megaphone, Matt Bloodwell: A: How did you get started? My primary instrument is the drums; I’ve been playing drums since i was 7 years old. Every other band I’ve been in I was the drummer. But I had also been writing songs, playing guitar and singing on my own. I personally wanted to do something different. I wanted to start a band that played the music I had been writing and I wanted to play guitar and sing in that band instead of being the drummer. So I recorded a few demos on my own and brought them to some of my favorite musicians I knew from other local bands. I was very fortunate that guitarist -Paul Smith, bass player- James Woodrich and drummer -Scott Smith were not only available but interested. Megaphone formed in late 2004 and we released our first CD in April of 2005 “for cryin” out loud” (currently available on iTunes). A: How do you get ready for an event? We always tailor our set list for what we think would work best

for the event. There are certain songs we make sure to play to an audience that we may be brand new to and then there are other songs that we play for an audience that is very familiar with us. It’s very important to us to connect with our audience. They are the only reason we are there ya know. We also blast the internet with info about the show, ya know email blasts, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter; we even have a free iPhone app that updates with show information. I’m sure we each have our pre-show rituals. For me it’s things like making sure all my gear is working, shaving my head, you know important stuff like that A: Where do you intend to go with the band? I think our goal for success is being better than we were yesterday. Writing more songs that are better than the last ones that hopefully strike a chord with music fans everywhere is what drives us. Success for us would be being able to do megaphone 24-7. Currently we are all professional musicians making our living performing with groups at Disney and Blue Man Group for example, but the goal would be to reach national touring status with megaphone. We have had some amazing opportunities opening for bands like AC/DC, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Paul Stanley of Kiss, so we have a lot of reason to believe there is a bright future ahead. A Is there anything else you would like to say? I definitely want to express how much we enjoyed playing Rocktober at Embry-Riddle and would love to come back anytime you would like to have us. Please check us out at, follow us on twitter @megaphonemusic, you can follow me directly at @megamattb, and we also are on facebook. com/megaphone. If you sign up for our email list on we’ll send you a link to download 2 megaphone mp3s for FREE. We have two full length CDs as well as an EP available on iTunes, just search megaphone.

Year in Review Boeing’s chief research Unauthorized lasers dangerous pilot speaks on new 787 Page


The Avion, August 23, 2011

Priyanka Kumar

Costas Sivyllis News Editor

On Tuesday, February 8, Boeing’s Chief Research Pilot came to Embry-Riddle to talk to students in-depth about the Boeing 787 test program. Captain Bill Roberson, a Embry-Riddle alumni, was welcomed by a packed IC auditorium filled with students from many different degree programs. Dominated by pilots and Aeronautical Science majors, Captain Roberson’s presentation touched on the various tests the brand new Boeing 787 and 747-8 have been subjected to for FAA certification, and what life as a Boeing test pilot is like. Sophomore Justin Dahan attended the presentation and thought very highly of the event. “I thought it was very interesting to hear about people doing these things [flight testing]. It really motivates you to be that pilot and its great to hear about the technology that we are going to be flying, directly from the people who test it.” Boeing currently has a total of 40 test pilots, all split between initial test flights of production aircraft, test flights for the 787 and 747-8, and other flight test programs. The 787 has had a total of 950 flights for 2,900 hours of flight time, and the 747-8 has flown 600 times for a total of 1,600 flight hours. The 787 made history with its current orders totaling 847 over 55 customers, and the plane has yet to enter service. This revolutionary aircraft can fly half way around the globe, and brings a new meaning to air travel. Both new Boeing aircraft are being subjected to various tests to prove its reliability and performance to the FAA. Captain Roberson showed videos of the 787 and 747-8 being put through their paces. Aside from flight tests trying to discover adverse handling in flight, some of the other

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tests include: water-spray, minimum unstuck, minimum control ground and air, cross wind, and max brake energy. Water-spray tests involve taxing the aircraft at a high rate of speed down a taxiway with a controlled body of water, to ensure its stability in the event of ground flooding. Minimum unstick was a favorite test of the audience, as the videos showed the 787 and 747-8 dragging their tails on the runway until they became airborne at the slowest speed possible. Once airborne, the flight crew tests the handling characteristics right off the ground at

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Many have visited answers. to pose questions and answer others about just anything from how to use certain technology to how to survive a first date. Now, Patrick Pohler, has created a website similar to Yahoo’s, but just for aviation enthusiasts who are seeking to get their aviation-related question answered by an experienced pilot. Pohler has developed a community website called Circle to Land, designed to aid student pilots and those enthusiastic about aviation who may have questions about flying, how to fly, or topics within aviation. The website allows flight students and pilots to ask flight instructors and experienced pilots questions about various topics relating to aviation. Based on good faith, flight instructors and professionals with an account can log in and answer questions. According to Pohler, the website is different from aviation forums in the sense that professionals in the field can “vote up or down” the answers that are replied to questions posted by students and pilots. “You can earn reputation points-- the more you post, answer and modify, the more points you earn” Pohler said. The idea of the website was derived through Pohler’s experience growing as a pilot from 2004. When Pohler began flying, he would often stumble upon material he felt either embarrassed or awkward to ask his trainer. Today, according to Pohler, the barrier that many face can be broken down and students can ask any aviationrelated question on Circle to Land without having to feel uneasy about it. “I used to have some general questions that I would feel too embarrassed to ask instructors, I would go on aviation forums

airlines to save money by not having to completely retrain and go through another check ride process. Another big credit to the 787-design team is achieving common takeoff and landing recognition. By law, pilots are required to make three landings every 90 days to carry passengers; however, they must be done in the same aircraft the passengers will be flown in. If an airline has pilots cross qualified between the 787 and 777, common landing credit would enable a pilot to get the three landings in either aircraft, making it easier on the airline to schedule crews.


Circle to land helps students Priyanka Kumar

slow speeds, and slow speeds with only one engine functioning. Max brake energy involves stopping the aircraft from take off speed and monitoring how destructive the braking action is, as the brakes flame up and sometimes pop the tires. For the 787, Boeing went through a specific process to ensure commonality with other aircraft in their fleet, particularly the 777. The commonality was close enough that the FAA has allowed pilots to earn a common type certificate between the two aircraft with a short transition course in between. A common type rating enables pilots and

and it was hard finding answers, forums are great for talking about aviation, but not great for asking questions,” Pohler said of his experience. Although the website does not have a real-time chat incorporated, users will get an alert when their question has been answered. This allows for people to go back and forth on their question and answer. According to Pohler, some questions that received the greatest hits are along the lines of the following: “If pilots have Type 2 diabetes, can they still get medical clearance?” and other questions regarding students’ past record stained with a DUI, definition of certain types of speeds, troubles with steep turns, and logging night flights. Although Pohler has a background in software, he flies recreationally and is highly interested in aviation. His goal is to help others just like him understand flying better and overcome any difficulty they face. In response to why Pohler created the website, he said “It’s more a labor of love, I really enjoy it. When I was learning I had questions regarding flight, right now students are our number one potential users. This can be popular and grow; it can turn into something big. This keeps me connected to flying.” Pohler encourages students to tell their instructors about Circle to Land where they can answer questions at their leisure. Circle to Land is trying to reach out to students, CFIs, Cessna owners, Piper owners and aviation schools such as ERAU. The website describes themselves as providing “questions and answers from pilots, for pilots.” If information given by a user seems out of place or misleading, the Circle to Land community verifies it and attends to the need. An account can be made for free, as Pohler currently intends to keep it that way. For more information and an opportunity to ask questions or receive answers, one may visit

On January 22, at approximately 11p.m., an EmbryRiddle aircraft that contained an instructor and student encountered interference when unauthorized lasers were pointed at the belly of the plane. According to the ERAU Safety Department Incident Report, the Instructor called tower to alert them of the occurrence and was then notified by the Air Traffic Controller that the tower had been advised that someone from Doolittle Hall had been shining a green laser at the aircraft “for about five seconds.” When the tower was alerted, the reports read that there was no reason as to why the lasers were being pointed. Also, “there was no other incidents reported, and there was no community unrest.” According to Mitchell Widham, Operations Supervisor, Campus Safety Department, the concern surfaces around pilot and students’ safety when on board an aircraft. “The laser can do damage to the eyes, pilots may not be able to then see out of the aircraft,” he said. Widham described the disturbance to be quite dangerous if pointed at a pilot’s eye for he might not be able to see outside the aircraft to spot other planes or obstructions. Lasers may also damage one’s eyes and cause injuries on campus. Widham continued on the safety hazard. “The primary concern is that we’re an aviation university, we want our people informed, we of all people should not be shooting lasers on campus, we’re very concerned about injuries,” Widham stated. On January 24, a Safety Officer observed the Voyager parking lot and found what appeared to be the green laser being pointed toward the sky. The Officer then found a student in the Challenger lot who he further questioned as the student admitted to shining

the lasers at the sky, but not to aircrafts. The Green Laser Pointer valued at $69.95 is described as “much brighter to look at than a regular red laser pointer and always with a visible green beam” in its product description at The range of its beam is approximately 10-12 miles. According to Widham, the consequences of being a suspect of pointing lasers to aircrafts are “quite serious.” Although ERAU does not currently have any policy that prohibits lasers, the school is in the process of developing some. ERAU did, however, have to report the incident to Daytona Beach Police and the FAA for further investigation. According o Widham, Florida law reads that a person who “knowingly and willfully shines, points, r focuses the beam of a laser lighting device on an individual operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft commits a felony of the third degree.” Widham concluded, “We don’t want people getting in trouble, my advice is to not use lasers on campus.” So far this is an open investigation between the Daytona Beach Police and the FAA. In recent years, ERAU has had minor incidents regarding lasers on campus, however, according to Widham, they have never been an issue. Widham and the Safety Department in ERAU found an article dated January 5, from the Naples Daily News, that reported about helicopter pilots that suffered ruptured blood vessels due to two teens pointing lasers at the sheriff’s office helicopter. Widham would also like to inform the campus that this is a weapons-free University and that BB guns, and any such guns or pistols are not allowed. An Eagle Advisory was issued and fliers were distributed around campus alerting students of the Jan. 22 incident from Campus Safety and Security Department.

Lynch tries out new material Peter Tan

Staff Reporter As part of the Homecoming week events, Embry-Riddle students and faculty, along with members of the Daytona Beach community were treated to a night of entertainment at the ICI on Friday, with famous musician/comedian Stephen Lynch performing. According to Lynch, “I always

try to get myself booked for college or university shows once in a while. I like doing colleges, there’s always an in-built audience and it’s a different crowd to entertain.” With the auditorium filled to the rafters, the crowd eagerly anticipated the arrival of Lynch. With a thunderous roar of applause, he opened up the night with a song called waiting. This resulted in the joke being on the audience as they literally waited for something to happen. Being a live show at a university, the content of the comedy was catered towards the crowd, with jokes about how his career has crumbled and he’s now “singing at a college in Central

Florida” when he used to perform at Broadway. Lynch then proceeded to belt out a song about AIDS, showcasing his powerful vocal range. Playing material from his new album, he had songs about a ‘Little Gay Robot’, ‘Crazy Peanuts’ based on the comic strip of the same name, and ‘Dear Diary’ which were fictional diary entries of people who have suffered great misfortune in their lives such as Anne Frank and Christopher Reeve. The diary entries always followed up with the punch line of “Too soon?” During a lull in the act, someone from the crowd shouted ‘Freebird’, and Lynch had an immediate and animated reaction. After yelling back “Don’t try me, I can go all day with this!” Lynch quickly played a few lines of the chorus of the infamous Lynyrd Skynrd before switching to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and then the theme song from Glee – Journey. Lynch then went into a short skit about accents and the Glee theme


song, covering the Southern accent, a Scottish accent and a Swedish accent which had the biggest reaction from the crowd. Bringing up his friend Rod Cone, they sang a song for the guys, about a hot girl and her BFF at the bar during a guys night out. The twist to the song was that BFF did not stand for ‘Best Friends Forever’ but instead for ‘Big Fat Friend’ which was greeted by laughter throughout the crowd. David Josefburg then came on stage to join Lynch in a duet about the ‘Dirty Sanchez’. The two made powerful harmonies, with Josefburg playing the role of the male and Lynch’s masterful falsetto being that of

the female. It was a powerful song that had the audience rolling around with laughter. Cone then came up to join the other two, where they had a three way dialogue. The discussion moved to Lynch’s previous job as a second grade teacher, and how he sang to the kids to teach them. He sang some examples on how he taught history and science, before improvising to sing about some other topics and how he can summarize them into two lines of song. When he said he could sum up the history of flight in two lines, the entire auditorium went silent, shocking Lynch and friends. He proceeded on anyway, to thunderous applause before breaking into a rap about Kitty Hawk. The show also included small video sketches about their road trip here and backstage views of what they did during preparation. Of particular amusement was the video where their bus driver ended up singing better than them during practice. His final act was him setting aside his guitar, to play some tunes on the keyboard, complete with a video of certain naughty activities. He left the stage and the crowd vacated quickly. It was later made known that he there was supposed to have been a twenty minute encore of his old material. Interview Questions A: Would you identify yourself more with musicians such as Weird Al Yankovic, Zach Galifianakis and Jack Black, or with comedians like Bill Burr, Pablo Francisco and Jeremy Hotz? S: That is a really good question. I don’t think anyone has asked me that before. I don’t identify myself with the comedy people; I’ve always been a musician. I actually like Zach Galifianakis, he’s quite funny and he’s really good with the piano. A: Any advice for musicians out there? S: That’s a tough question to answer. Music is so broad and has so many genres. I guess the best advice is to write a lot and practice a lot. Most importantly is to find something you love and pursue that goal. A: Thank you for your time, Mr. Lynch; it’s been a great pleasure interviewing you. S: Thank you as well.

The Avion, August 23, 2011

Year in Review



Thousands left looking up Tech vision Costas Sivyllis News Editor

For the first time in five years, Daytona Beach was treated this past weekend with the sound of afterburners, the smell of smoke, and the cheer of the thousands who lined the beach as far as the eye could see. Sponsored by Embry-Riddle, Wings and Waves Air Show featuring world-class demonstration teams ranging from World War I aircraft to today’s modern fighter jets filled the sky over Daytona Beach and left everyone talking. “It feels like I’m five years old again,” said Embry-Riddle sophomore Justin Solomon, just as F-22 Raptor finished its demonstration with a low, full afterburner pass. No matter how old or young, spectators had their heads turned skyward to avoid missing a second of action. This year’s show drew out nearly 200,000 spectators over the course of the weekend. There were 19 different performances each day. Crowds were awed by the talent and skill brought forth by the various flight demonstrations, gasping in some cases as planes crossed paths within feet of each other or just staring wide-eyed at the amazing stunts flown by the aerobatic pilots. Embry-Riddle paid special tribute to their alumni, and even had a section of reserved seating called “The Eagle’s Nest,” in the area of the band shell. Ticket profits will go towards

student scholarship funds. The show opened with a P-51 Mustang fly by, flown by EmbryRiddle alum Jim Hagedorn. Hagedorn was closely followed by Embry-Riddle’s main training aircraft, two Cessna 172’s, and two Diamond DA-42 Twin Stars. This lead to the main acts, opened by 23 time U.S. Women’s Parachuting champion Cheryl Sterns, who jumped out of an airplane thousands of feet above the beach and descended to land on a target no bigger than a dinner table. Throughout the day, spectators saw performances by The U.S. Coast Guard, world champion aerobatic pilots, the Geico Skytypers, honorary Embry-Riddle graduate Matt Chapman, F-16, F-18, and F-22 demonstration teams, and finally the Canadian Snowbirds Demonstration Team. This weekend had a special meaning for many of the Reserve Officer Training Core (ROTC) cadets, who all watched the fighter jet demonstrations hoping to one day be on the other side of the air show. “Seeing what the U.S. Military is capable of inspires me to work hard so hopefully one day I’ll be behind the controls of that F-22,” said Michael Bednaz, an Embry-Riddle Sophomore. Many ROTC cadets looking for flight slots within their respective branches share that same opinion. The F-16, F-18, and F-22 demonstrations showed the capability of each aircraft and

what true power really is. The Beach was deafened with each pass, as the red-hot afterburners pierced the air and rocketed the aircraft thousands of feet in the air in just a few seconds. There were also numerous high speed passes, which had cameras clicking and people cheering as each jet flew by, followed a few seconds later by the actual sound. The Avion had the opportunity to speak with Air Force Major Henry Schantz, F-22 Instructor Pilot and Air Show Demonstration Pilot for the upcoming 2011-2012 air show season. Schantz said he was excited to be in Daytona Beach. “It’s a very good time. It’s great putting on this show for Embry-Riddle, such a top school in aviation.” On being an instructor in the F-22, Schantz said, “pilots new to the aircraft will typically spend 8 months learning the aircraft. I had a little less because I have flown jets like the F-15C in the past so my transition was easier. There are no simulators, so the first time a pilot flies the airplane he is on his own. There are no two seaters.” This special aircraft thrilled crowds at the show this weekend, demonstrated its excellent maneuverability and sleek lines as it passed just over the heads of beachgoers. While one can only imagine the G-forces a pilot feels doing some of the maneuvers, Schantz explained, “it takes diet and exercise, and a lot of stamina to withstand the G’s.” In between the F-22 Raptor show and the Canadian Snowbird Demonstration, there was a U.S. Air Force heritage flight. Consisting of the P-51 Mustang of World War II, the F-16 of the late 20th century, and the F-22 5th generation fighter jet, it gave a chance for every generation at the beach from veterans of WWII to teenagers to identify with an airplane and

see decades of flight represented in one flyover. The second to last aerobatic display was Honorary EmbryRiddle graduate Matt Chapman. No stranger to flying in air shows, the world class pilot put on quite a show for Daytona Beach, at times coming what looked like only feet above the calm ocean. His blue and yellow Embry-Riddle sponsored Eagle 580 aircraft stood out in the sky as he went through a series of loops, tumbles, stalls, low passes, knife edge maneuvers, and more. The closing act may have been the best for last. Coming all the way from Canada, the Snowbirds Demonstration Team represent the excellence of the Canadian Forces in their precision flying and skill. Displaying a team of nine, the snowbirds went through their routine which included breathtaking loops, hearts, formation passes, and head to head flybys in which aircraft pass what looks to be just inches apart. This show also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Snowbirds Demonstration Team. Embry-Riddle sophomore Blake Ditlow loved the entrance the snowbirds made. “My favorite part of this air show was definitely the F-16 and snowbirds ripping over our head. The Snowbirds were insanely good!” when asked if he and other Embry-Riddle students would like to see another air show, Ditlow answered with a very affirmative “Absolutely! It’d be great to have this annually.” The show came to a close Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., but gave memories to many people that will last until the next time Wings and Waves comes to Daytona Beach. Leaving Ocean Walk Mall, one could hear the conversations about the air show and which demonstration who liked better. After what turned out to be a very successful weekend, everyone is now waiting to see when the next time will be when afterburners fill the air over Daytona.

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Technology changes constantly. Whether or not we accept the change defines how advanced we become. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, staying ahead of the technology curve is a part of what the university does. Not only does this enable students to receive the best education possible, but it keeps students learning with 21st century methods, not methods of the past. University president Dr. John Johnson has a mission to continue improving technology on campus. Big scale to small scale, each student matters when it comes to how technology is used in the classroom. Dr. Johnson is establishing a brand new department devoted solely to that cause— The Department of Educational Technology. This new department will function as a central brain to ensuring that every classroom, ever course, and every interaction a student has on the Embry-Riddle campus is the most advanced possible, making the most use of technology and creating a user and student friendly technology experience. Johnson wants to keep EmbryRiddle moving in the direction technology is moving. The Department of Educational Technology will ensure just that, and help students and faculty make better use of technology. “We need to offer instruction compatible in a way with which they [students] learn, starting now,” emphasized Johnson, “technology makes us better.” Johnson also gave examples of the Embry-Riddle World Wide campus, and some of the technology that can be used on the residential campuses. Eagle Vision, which Johnson describes as a two-way synchronous learning tool, has been used by the World Wide campus for some time. Eagle Vision incorporates live video feeds, teleconference style technology in the class-

room. This makes is easy for anyone online to not miss a beat in the classroom, or, bring people remotely into the classroom from half way around the world. Johnson explained that teaching about someone or something takes on a new meaning when you can bring them into the classroom relatively easily, using technology and giving the students the best learning experience they can have. Professors have long been thought of as teachers. Moving forward in the 21st century demands the ability for the integration of technology. Without tools such as Eagle Vision, students may view a professor as more of a guide instead of a teacher. By having access to the latest tools, professors can continue to teach at the same level of technology the students are at, something Johnson is determined to do. “Students have iPads, iPhones, laptops, and have moved far away from a chalk and blackboard style classroom,” said Johnson, “I want to keep up with today’s students. By incorporating technology, it gives our students the unique ability to be ready for the technology used in the industry.” On a practical level, technology improvement spans from practical improvements, such as making more classrooms “smart” classrooms (smart boards, touch screens, Eagle Vision equipped classrooms, projects, etc.), improving blackboard, and having professors integrate technology into their everyday lessons. Johnson is determined to keep Embry-Riddle number one from every aspect. “By integrating technology, and having the supportive faculty we have, together we can keep Embry-Riddle moving forward and staying recognized for things we are already known for,” expressed Johnson. Johnson has a strong vision for keeping Embry-Riddle at the top of Universities nationwide. Improving technology is just another step in Johnson’s agenda for providing the best tools for faculty, staff and students

This Homecoming brought the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Alpha Tau Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha on Sat., Nov. 6 at 5:00 p.m. where the sisters gathered on the flight deck for dinner. The event brought approximately 50 sisters from all 25 years of the Sorority’s history, which also included 3 of the founding sisters of the chapter, to gather in celebration. After a quick ritual, allowing sisters to re-connect to the meaning that holds each chapter of Theta Phi Alpha strong, the sisters enjoyed a barbeque dinner and time to reconnect with the

Alpha Tau Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha and thus started sorority life on campus. Fasano also added, “Let us continue to be strong in sisterhood today as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and tomorrow as we continue our success of the past and present.” The sisters were presented with a birthday cake and serenaded by the brothers of Phi Delta Theta near the end of dinner. The chapter also recognized all of the founding sisters that were in attendance and passed out some gag awards to the sisters. The sisters then headed for a party at Club 509 with many members of the Embry-Riddle community, thus concluding their evening and celebration.

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Campus Editor At 8 p.m. on Wed., Mar. 16, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta, one of the social Greek lettered sororities on campus, held their annual Xi Man Competition in the student center. This year, seven different brothers from the fraternities on campus entered the competition, with the goal of being crowned Xi Man to get the chance to help represent Alpha Xi Delta on campus. The competition serves as a way for the sisters to decide on which fraternity brother will be Xi Man for that year, but is also as the biggest philanthropy event for the chapter. The brothers compete in events such as swimsuit, talent, boy band, lip sync and the formal question, with the most points being awarded to the individual who raises the most money for the sorority’s charity. This is the 18th year that

Alpha Xi Delta has held this event on campus; however, it is only since 2009 that they have been able to support their national philanthropy of Autism Speaks. This year, the chapter with the help of the contestants and their supporters were able to raise over 4,200 dollars. This was almost 1,000 dollars more than last year’s event and it also exceeded the chapter’s goal for the event this year. Lauren Gulley, the coordinator

to pay for the costs for families affected by autism. Autism is a general tem used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders. Today it is estimated that one in every 110 children are diagnosed with autism, making it more common then childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined ( As noted the event is not only a fundraiser for Autism Speaks, but also a competition. This year the judges for the events were Ryan Powell, Assistant D i r e c t o r of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and alumnae sisters Janet Wiita, Isador Thisted and Chantal Mortezaee. At the end of the night AINSLEY ROBSON/AVION after the scores were tallied, for the event, expressed, “I am the sisters’ votes counted, and very pleased about the amount the money added, Adam Naids of money that we raised!” from Sigma Alpha Epsilon was Once donated to Autism crowned the 2011 Xi Man. Speaks, the organization places “I think all of the contestants the money towards items such as did a fantastic job and it was a research to find a cure, spread- very entertaining show,” Gulley ing autism awareness, or helping said after the show.


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chapter’s history. The keynote speaker for the evening was Sue Barlow Fasano, the first President of the Alpha Tau Chapter, “I came on campus in 1983 and noticed that men were on all sides of the University and a scarce few women scattered here and there.” In 1983, Greek life consisted of 5 fraternities and no sororities, compared to now where Embry-Riddle has 10 social fraternities and 4 social sororities, representing 3 different governing councils. These women gathered with the intention to start a women’s social sorority on the Daytona Beach Campus of Embry-Riddle. Two years later in 1985, these women were initiated into the

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