As I write this, I am reminded of T. Higbee Embry, who once said, “We start into a new year which we know will be crammed full of history in aviation—packed with events and progress that we can’t even imagine.”
Here we are 90 years later, and I realize with incredible pride the positive impact that Embry-Riddle has had and continues to have on the world’s aviation industry. Eagles are everywhere and each year we find more ways to connect and network with each other.
This year’s homecoming weekends kick off at each campus with the annual Industry/Career Expos and eagleNIGHT receptions. Held in conjunction with OctoberWest, the Prescott Campus and its flight line at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Ariz., will also welcome the AOPA Regional Fly-In, which will host hundreds of airplanes and aviators, along with industry presentations. A 90th anniversary tribute celebration, fly-in and static display will highlight homecoming weekend at our campus in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Wings & Waves Air Show will not be held this year. Watch your inbox and check alumni.erau.edu/homecoming for updates.
The Embry-Riddle Eagle Network is cited time and again by alumni as a key component to their success. I have personally witnessed numerous alumni and students who either found jobs or filled positions through connections that started at an alumni gathering. This year alumni events were expanded globally, with our networks meeting in Italy, France, Germany, China, Brazil, Singapore and India. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date, so we can invite you to our alumni gatherings. If you move, let us know. Visit the alumni homepage to make address changes and to check for event announcements.
On your next visit to the Daytona Beach Campus, be sure to look us up in the new Eagle Alumni Center located east of Clyde Morris Boulevard (formerly Embry-Riddle’s Information Technology offices), near the track and field facilities. The Alumni Welcome Center at the Prescott Campus, located just east of the main Visitors Center, invites you to visit as well. Stop by any time and enjoy a cup of coffee with us!
Your campuses are changing. Embry-Riddle is vibrant with research, new programs, new residence halls and laboratories, student and Greek life, and athletic achievements. Come see your beautiful campuses and witness the change. Even better, get involved and be a part of our exciting future. Contact me at William.Thompson@erau.edu; (386) 226-7457.
Thank you for being Forever an Eagle,
Bill Thompson (’87, PC)