“It is a way for us to support the overall larger student population at Embry-Riddle. We’re all on the same team here.”
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide College of Aeronautics celebrated the naming of a plane by its faculty Wednesday at the Daytona Beach Campus’ Samuel M. Goldman Maintenance Hangar.
The donation to name the plane was a way that Worldwide faculty could show their support for the university and its students as a whole, regardless of campus, said Kenneth L. Witcher, dean of the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide.
“It is a way for us to support the overall larger student population at Embry-Riddle,” he said. “We’re all on the same team here.”
Worldwide College of Aeronautics faculty members donated $2,500 to name the plane and many professors, who were in Daytona Beach for their annual meeting, stopped by to see the plane and posed for a photo. The Worldwide College of Aeronautics has 42 full-time faculty members and 750 adjunct professors.
“My donation is in honor of my grandmother, Dorothy Hall, who was a school teacher and a pilot,” said Sonya McMullen, assistant professor at the Worldwide College of Aeronautics. “I’d like to think she’d be proud that her granddaughter is a full-time faculty member at Embry-Riddle.”
By making the gift, Worldwide faculty joined Embry-Riddle’s Name A Plane Campaign, which is raising funds for the Daytona Beach and Prescott Campuses’ flight programs.
The campaign gives donors an opportunity to name a Cessna 172 for $2,500 or a Diamond Twinstar for $5,000 for a two-year period. Donors may choose to name the plane after themselves, in honor or in memory of another person or in the name of a company or organization.
Funds can be designated to support any combination of the following funds:
Daytona Beach Flight Department
Prescott Flight Department
Daytona Beach Women's Air Race Classic Team
Prescott Women’s Air Race Classic Team
Daytona Flight Team
Prescott Golden Eagles Flight Team
Melanie Stawicki Azam
Development & Alumni Relations