Daytona Beach Campus


Embry-Riddle Launches 2014 President’s Speaker Series

Daytona Beach, FL, January 3, 2014


Dr. Charles Reinholtz, top, with students and an unmanned vehicle

WHAT: The Embry-Riddle President’s Speaker Series for 2014 begins Jan. 15 and will cover topics ranging from politics, foreign policy and ethics, to aviation, education and stories of courage and heroism.

Each 90-minute free event is open to the public and will take place in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium of the Willie Miller Instructional Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.

Sponsored by Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson, and moderated by Special Assistant to the President Marc Bernier, the President’s Speaker Series encourages productive debate to engage the student body, campus community and area residents.

Many of the events will be broadcast live on-the-air (1150-AM, WNDB) and via the Internet on the Marc Bernier Show website. 



WHERE: Willie Miller Instructional Center, Gale Lemerand Auditorium, Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL. Click here for a map of the campus.

WHEN: The scheduled events include the following:





Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.NextGen to NowGen: An Evolution Not a Revolution.” Embry-Riddle faculty members Marty Lauth, associate professor of applied aviation sciences, Clyde Rinkinen, assistant professor of air traffic management, and Dr. Greg McGuirk, associate professor of applied aviation sciences and Jorge Ferrand, director of advanced programs, will engage the audience in a panel discussion on the benefits of NextGen, a movement to the next generation of satellite-based and digital technologies, and new procedures that are combining to make air travel more convenient, predictable and environmentally friendly. 



Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Former ExcelAire President David Rimmer tells his story of survival following a mid-air plane collision in 2006 over the Brazilian Amazon.



Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Dr. Charles Reinholtz, Embry-Riddle professor and department chair of mechanical engineering, will discuss unmanned aerial and marine systems and their current and proposed uses. Dr. Anke Arnaud, Embry-Riddle associate professor and ethicist, will discuss the ethical uses of new technologies and their impact on our lives.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. In conversation with M.B. McLatchey, Embry-Riddle assistant professor of humanities and social sciences and host Marc Bernier, famed author Anthony D’Aries will discuss his book, “The Language of Men.” A book signing will follow the discussion.

Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. Dr. Jonathan Matusitz, associate professor in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida, will discusses his book, “Terrorism and Communication: A Critical Introduction,” and offer insights into specific areas of the world where terrorism is prevalent. A book signing will follow the event.

Monday, March 31, 7 p.m. U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis, representing Florida’s 6th district, will answer questions in a live town hall discussion and interview.

Monday April 14, 7 p.m. Highly decorated former Navy Seal Jason Redman will discuss his military career and his bestselling book, “The Trident.” A book signing will follow the event. Redman will also be the special guest of Embry-Riddle President Johnson at the Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies Tuesday morning, April 15.

Monday April 28, 7 p.m. Dr. Lance Erickson, author and Embry-Riddle professor of applied aviation sciences, will discuss the university’s commercial space operations program and highlights of his published works.

The media is invited to photograph/videotape the presentations. Further information on future events still to be announced can be found by calling (386) 226-6222 or (386) 226-7285.

CONTACT: James Roddey, Communications and Media Relations Manager, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; (386) 226-6198;

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