Events

Public participants at the event will put their obstacle skills to the test with drones in a daily small Unmanned Aerospace Systems Challenge.
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Professional Programs at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus have concluded a successful year of continuing education offerings, with over 10 seminars attended by more than 185 aviation professionals from around the globe. Organizations who took advantage of the lifelong learning opportunities included Chevron USA, General Atomics, FAA, SkySkopes, Virgin America Airlines, Boeing, L3 Communications, U.S. Air Force, Piper Aircraft, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Customs & Border Protection. 
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A free reception for a new exhibit titled “The Art of Aviation and Its History with Embry-Riddle” will be held Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, Fla.
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All students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to honor and remember those lost or injured in the tragic shooting in Orlando at a memorial vigil Thursday, June 16, at 4 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Spirituality on the Daytona Beach Campus. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in remembrance. Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts and offer encouragement and prayers.  In the event that an Embry-Riddle student, faculty, staff member or alumnus is among the victims in this heartbreaking tragedy, please send information to the Dean of Students Office at (386) 226-6326 or dbdos@erau.edu. 
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ERAU Motorsports to be One of 120 Collegiate Teams from Around the World Racing at Michigan International Speedway May 11-14. The ERAU Motorsports Club at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus will unveil its first-ever student designed and built open-wheel, high performance Formula SAE® racecar Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m. in the Henderson Welcome Center. The racecar will then compete against 119 teams from around the world at the Michigan International Speedway May 11-14.
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Kris "Tanto" Paronto, ​perhaps best known for his story told in the book and movie "13 Hours," spoke on April 13 in front of a packed house of more than 850 people from both the campus and the Prescott community. Paronto was a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who was part of the CIA annex security team ​that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. He told his compelling story of helping to save more than 20 lives at the CIA Annex while figh​ting off terrorists for more than 13 hours.​
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Lt. Col. Ron Mumm, the 1996 Commander of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, shares his stories and answers student questions in an interview with Marc Bernier. (Monday, April 11, 2016)
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As Virgin America claimed the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, overall U.S. airline performance improved slightly in 2015, according to the 26th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), released today (Monday, April 4) at the National Press Club in Washington. The AQR is a joint research project funded as part of faculty research activities at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kansas) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona, campus.
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Kris “Tanto” Paronto, ​perhaps best known for his story told in the book and movie “13 Hours,” will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Prescott Campus.​​ Paronto is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. He helped to save more than 20 lives while figh​ting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for more than 13 hours.​ Coinciding with Paronto’s visit will be the announcement of a large scholarship in the name of ​​Glen Doherty, whom the College of Security and Intelligence is named after. The event, sponsored by the College Republicans, will be open to the public. Student admission is free. A suggested $10 admission price for the public will benefit the Glen Doherty scholarship.
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Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst on Fox News and syndicated columnist, discusses presidential power, privacy, drones, civil liberties in wartime and human freedom during a conversation with Marc Bernier. (Monday, March 28, 2016)
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The subject of cosmology and questions relating to science and faith are discussed with author, astronomer, and Director of the Vatican Observatory Brother Guy Consolmagno and author, faculty member, and Embry-Riddle Chaplain David Keck along with moderator, Marc Bernier. (Wednesday, March 2, 2016)
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Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will discuss foreign policy with host Marc Bernier. A Q&A will follow the event. Hagel served as the 24th Secretary of Defense from 2013-2015. During his tenure, he enhanced defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan. He led major initiatives for service members and their families, including increasing resources for suicide prevention, combating sexual assault and accounting for missing personnel. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense. Hagel served two terms in the U.S. Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. He was a senior member of the following committees: Intelligence; Senate Foreign Relations; and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He was also a distinguished professor at Georgetown University, co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and co-chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council. (Tuesday, February 16, 2016) Read more about Chuck Hagel’s Foreign Policy Presentation Drawing a record crowd.
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Left to Right in Decision 2016 with Ellen Ratner and John LeBoutillier. With political views from the left and right, Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner, representing the left, and former Congressman now Fox political analyst John LeBoutillier, from the right, discuss the political environment on the night of the Iowa Caucus, the first primary to kick off the presidential election. (Monday, February 1, 2016)
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Historian Richard Brookhiser of the National Review and Dr. Richard Heist, Embry-Riddle’s own expert on George Washington, bring to life the strengths and qualities of George Washington and apply these to modern-day leadership principles. (Tuesday, January 19, 2016)
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Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project is an award-winning film showcasing Robert A. “Bob” Hoover who is considered by many to be our greatest living aviator and has influenced generations of pilots. There was a documentary that includes a virtual interview with Bob Hoover and Kim Furst, the director, and a Q&A. (Monday, January 11, 2016)
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The President’s Speakers Series welcomes Valerie Plame Wilson, author of Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. President’s Speakers Series host Marc Bernier speaks with Former CIA operative and author Valerie Plame Wilson about her book, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. They will also discuss politics and her life as wife of former Ambassador Joe Wilson. A question and answer session and book signing followed the discussion with Bernier. Wilson’s best-selling memoir Fair Game was also released as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. She narrated and appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary on the dangers of nuclear proliferation, Countdown to Zero. Wilson is also the author, with Sarah Lovett, of the spy novel Burned. Wilson works as the Director of Community Outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, a nonprofit research think tank that promotes multidisciplinary collaboration in the sciences, and is a consultant to Warner Brothers TV. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She lives in Santa Fe, N.M. with her two children and her husband, retired U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Politics of Truth. (Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015)
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The Speaker Series Presents In This Together with Ann Romney. Ann Romney has experienced first-hand the political life as wife of former presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. Mrs. Romney, author of In This Together, discusses her memoirs, life, and politics with Marc Bernier. (Monday, Oct. 26, 2016)
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Amelia Rose Earhart was named in honor of Amelia Earhart, one of the most famous female aviators, and continues Amelia’s pioneering ways. Amelia Rose has dedicated her work to helping young women learn to fly through scholarships and educational STEM opportunities as president of the Fly with Amelia Foundation. She will discuss her efforts to raise the profile of women in aviation through her foundation and her honorary 24,300 nautical mile flight around the globe.
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George Will is a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator, columnist, and author. Mr. Will will preview the 2016 presidential election field, discuss national and international issues, and share his passion for baseball. (Tuesday, September 15, 2015)
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As Tuskegee airmen in World War II, Lt. Col. Leo Gray and Lt. Col. George Hardy flew with the 332nd Fighter Group, “The Red Tails,” fighting both the Nazi war machine and American prejudice. They will discuss their experiences as America’s first black military pilots, joined by honorary Red Tail pilot Michael McKenzie, President and CEO of Vision of Flight, an Orlando-based organization that introduces youngsters to aviation/aerospace activities and careers. (Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015)
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Charles Baldwin began his Air Force career in 1965 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. In 1969 he became an Air Force pilot and flew for five years, including two combat tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals. In 1977, he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He became an Air Force chaplain in 1979, and from 2004 to 2008 served as the Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Air Force. He provided moral and spiritual counsel to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, leadership to the Chaplain Corps, and pastoral care to Air Force members and families. He made eight trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit the troops. (Monday, April 13, 2015)
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Craig Fuller served eight years in the White House, first as Assistant to President Ronald Reagan for Cabinet Affairs before becoming Chief of Staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush during the second term of the Administration. Most recently, he was president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He has been active in aviation policy matters as the recent chair of the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics and as a member of the NextGen Advisory Council. In 2014, he was appointed to a three-year term on the FAA’s Management Advisory Council. He is the leader of The Fuller Company, a strategic consulting group he organized when he first left government in 1989. (Monday, March 23, 2015)
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Ben Carson, M.D., recently retired from a groundbreaking career at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Now a Washington Times columnist and Fox News contributor, he is the author of two No.1 New York Times bestsellers, America the Beautiful and One Nation, both with his wife, Candy Carson, as his collaborator. In 2001, Dr. Carson was named by CNN and TIME magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership as one of “America’s Best Leaders.” Dr. Carson is also president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund. (Monday, March 2, 2015)
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Jennifer Granholm served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011. As governor, she led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve manufacturing jobs, and add emerging sectors such as clean energy. Marc discusses with Granholm her thoughts on opportunities for college graduates in the workplace and how to help students in managing the cost of higher education. Granholm is currently a Distinguished Adjunct Professor with the UC Berkeley School of Law & Goldman School of Public Policy as well as a Senior Research Fellow with the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. (Wednesday, February 11, 2015)
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Charles Krauthammer, who will review the recent elections and discuss the prospects for the 2016 presidential election with host Marc Bernier. (Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015)
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