Prescott Campus


Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus Readies for One-Of-A-Kind Homecoming Event

Only One Week Until University Hosts Wings Out West Air Show, Women In Aviation, Alumni and More for OctoberWest 2013

Prescott, AZ, September 26, 2013

OctoberWest 2013

Aerobatic performers, some of the world’s top female aviators and special events including a golf tournament and an inaugural softball match up await Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus current students and distinguished alumni as part of this year’s OctoberWest Homecoming Events running Oct. 3-5.

Headlining this year is Wings Out West Air Show, a free private air show for Embry-Riddle alumni, current students, faculty, staff and their guests. The nearly weeklong celebration also includes hosting a Women in Aviation, International (WAI) conference, Alumni Awards and Hall of Fame inductions, athletic events and networking opportunities for alumni and current students.

Other scheduled events include the unveiling of the student-engineered and designed Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster, a 5K Veteran Run, an alumni golf tournament, and the highly anticipated inaugural Women’s Softball Team doubleheader and much more.

“This is not only a great opportunity for us to welcome back our graduates, but to honor the current students as well,” said Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers. “Whether it is connecting for job opportunities and seeing familiar faces or gathering to watch an exciting air show or our Lady Eagles Softball team take to the field for the first time, the entire Prescott Campus will be celebrating them all.”

Below are details of the special events scheduled during OctoberWest 2013. Events that are open to the general public are identified.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3:
    • A Career and Industry Expo connecting some of the industry’s top leaders including Delta, Gulfstream, Boeing, FedEx and many others with Embry-Riddle graduates and current students to explore co-op and internship opportunities (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Activity Center on campus).
    • An eagleNIGHT Networking Event for alumni, faculty and staff to meet graduating seniors (6:30-9 p.m. at Hassayampa Inn with $10 fee).
  • Friday, Oct. 4:
    • The 24th annual Alumni Golf Tournament at Talking Rock Ranch Golf Club (7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to include luncheon and awards). For registration and more information, go to
    • WAI members will attend presentations with WASP Pilot Betty Blake, former FAA Deputy Administrator Barbara Barrett, and Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers. Throughout the weekend, members will also tour the campus’ Flight Line, simulators and more. Members wanting to attend must register at
    • Alumni Awards Dinner to include ring ceremony for National Champion NIFA-SAFECON Golden Eagles Flight Team, an Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster alumni reunion, recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Women in Aviation Conference and induction of new members to Prescott Chancellor’s Alumni Hall of Fame (6:30 to 8 p.m. in Jack R. Hunt Student Union. Cost to attend: $25).
    • The Eagles volleyball team hosts the Bobcats of the University of California-Merced in a CALPAC matchup at 3 p.m. in the ERAU Activity Center. Open to the public.
    • Wings Out West Air Show forum/panel for campus community and WAI visitors withperformers Matt Chapman, Melissa Pemberton and Julie Clark will discuss life as aerial aviators (1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Davis Learning Center.)
    • OctoberWest Kick-Off celebration on campus including a fly-by from Wings Out West Air Show performers andunveiling of the Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster, which is engineered and designed by Embry-Riddle Prescott’s Jet Dragster Club and maintained and owned by Larsen Motorsports
  • Saturday, Oct. 5
    • Wings Out West Air Show takes to the skies as part complimentary private air show just for the Embry-Riddle community and guests from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Flight Line at Love Field Municipal Airport. It will include a meet-and-greet with the performers afterward in the hangar. Featured performers are:
      • Matt Chapman – Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an airline pilot when not performing, Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships, Chapman was the highest-ranking American pilot, finishing third in the world with a bronze medal and led the Men’s Team to a silver medal. He recently performed at AirVenture’s Oshkosh Air Show in July (official website
      • Julie Clark – With more than 32 years of solo aerobatic air show flying and 31,000 accident-free hours in the air, Clark pilots her Smokin’ Mentor T-34 throughout North America with a patriotic presentation. She’s a retired Northwest Airlines Captain who is inducted into the Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame of Women in Aviation, International and is one of the select few named to the Living Legends of Aviation among other numerous honors (official website
      • Melissa Pemberton – Known for her high-performance aerobatic display in the Edge 540, Pemberton also has mastered wingsuit skydiving, flag jumps and more. Citing coaching from the likes of Wayne Handley and Michael Goulian, Pemberton was named as the youngest female ever to the 2006-2007 U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic team and was a member of Stars of Tomorrow (official website
    • The Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster will be started up by co-owner/driver Elaine Larsen to launch the Wings Out West Air Show.
    • The Lady Eagles Softball team will host a doubleheader inaugural exhibition event starting at 2 p.m. vs. Arizona Christian University, followed by a 3:45 p.m. matchup with Yavapai Community College at the ERAU softball field. Open to the public.
    • The Eagles Women’s Volleyball team returns but this time to take on alumni at 3 the Activity Center. Open to the public.
    • Also, American Aero Derby Glider, Blue and Gold Bash and Fireworks

See pictures and live accounts of the activities via the university Alumni Relations and Prescott Campus Facebook at:  and
and Twitter accounts at: @ERAU_Alumni and @ERAUPrescott

For more information about OctoberWest 2013,

About Women in Aviation
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Its 9,000+ membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. WAI provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally. In addition, WAI promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation. This includes historic notables such as Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Eileen Collins, Jeana Yeager, Nicole Malachowski and many others. For more information, visit the official website at

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