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Homecoming Week Welcomes Alumni With A Parade, Wraps Up With Air Show

Other Highlights Include Comedian Jim Gaffigan, MTV Award-Winning Band 'We the Kings' and Eagles' Softball Stadium Grand Opening & Game Against FSU

Daytona Beach, FL, October 3, 2012

Homecoming 2012

A week of celebrating Embry-Riddle’s current and former students kicks off with a community parade on Oct. 7 and ends on Oct. 13-14 at the Daytona Beach shoreline, with nearly a dozen alumni piloting jets and aerobatic planes performing as part of Embry-Riddle’s Wings & Waves Air Show.

The two-day air show in Daytona Beach coincides with the campus’s Homecoming Week, during which the 25th annual parade will illustrate the theme of “Embry-Riddle Homecoming: Topping the Charts for 25 Years” with floats and performances based on Billboard top hits.

Other entertainment scheduled for Embry-Riddle’s Homecoming Week includes a carnival and performances by comedian and TV star Jim Gaffigan and the Florida pop-punk band that recently headlined Vans Warped Tour, 'We the Kings.'

Sports-lovers will want to attend the grand opening of the softball stadium, followed by an exhibition game pitting the Embry-Riddle women’s team against Florida State University. In another sporting event, the men’s soccer team will take on Warner University.

Special events for returning graduates include the Alumni Awards Dinner and the EagleNIGHT Millennium Celebration. For more information on alumni events, visit or contact the Alumni Relations office at (386) 226-6155 or

Unless noted otherwise, the Homecoming events listed below are free and open to the public and will be held on the Embry-Riddle campus at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Daytona Beach.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Kick-Off Parade. 3:30 p.m., ICI Center, outdoors, Embry-Riddle. Student floats and performances will compete for cash prizes. Local community participants include the Mainland High School marching band, the Civil Air Patrol, stilt walkers and balloon artists. Best viewing will be in the judging area across from the softball field; giveaways, novelties and other activities will also take place in this area. Contact: (386) 226-6039.

Kick-Off Party. 5 p.m., ICI Center parking lot, Embry-Riddle. The headliner is the pop-punk group We the Kings, known for their platinum single “Check Yes Juliet” and their Top 40 singles "We'll Be A Dream" and "Heaven Can Wait.” The free event includes food and fun activities such as inflatable games. Contact: (386) 226-6039.

Monday, Oct. 8

Spirit Sign Competition. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., judging at 11:15 a.m., West Lawn, next to John Paul Riddle Student Center, Embry-Riddle. Student organizations and university departments will show their Embry-Riddle pride and creativity by decorating large wooden signs to be displayed on campus the entire week of Homecoming. Contact: (386) 226-6039.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Chalk Art Contest. Starts at 10 a.m., judging at 2 p.m., in front of Jack Hunt Library, Embry-Riddle. Student organizations and individual students will compete for cash prizes by creating imaginative chalk drawings. Contact: (386) 226-6039.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Industry/Career Expo. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., ICI Center. Members of the Embry-Riddle community can talk with recruiters from various employers ranging from aviation and aerospace companies to government agencies and the military. Contact: (386) 226-7018.

Air Jam! 8 p.m., John Paul Riddle Student Center, Embry-Riddle. Talented students will compete for cash prizes by displaying their lip-sync and air-band talents. Contact: (386) 226-6039.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Men’s Soccer Game. 6 p.m., ICI Center, Soccer Stadium, Embry-Riddle. The team takes on Warner University. Contact: (386) 323-5030.

Movie on the Lawn: “The Amazing Spider-Man.” 8:30 p.m., Baseball Stadium, Embry-Riddle. Starring Andrew Garfield, the film depicts Peter Parker’s origin story and his development into a superhero while a high school student. Guests may sit in the stadium stands. Seat cushions and blankets will be given away. Contact: (386) 226-6039.

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11-12

Alumni Registration & Return to Classes. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alumni Association Office, located along Legacy Walk, just west of Starbucks, Embry-Riddle. Alumni will receive a special goodie bag and schedule of events, as well as a list of classes they can attend to meet former professors and current students. Alumni only. Contact: (386) 226-6155.

Friday, Oct. 12

Campus Tours and Waco Aircraft Display. Tours starting at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the courtyard of the James Hagedorn Aviation Complex will include two new buildings – the Flight Operations building and the Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science building – as well as the Advanced Flight Simulation Center. On display will be a restored 1928 Waco biplane, one of the first aircraft purchased by Embry-Riddle founders T. Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle. Contact: (386) 226-6155.

Alumni Awards Dinner. 7-10 p.m., Wyndam Ocean Walk Resort, 300 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Awards will be presented to distinguished alumni in such categories as alumni service, military achievement, philanthropy and outstanding young alumnus/alumna. The four-course dinner is $25 per person. Alumni only; RSVP on Contact: (386) 226-6155.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan. 8 p.m., ICI Center, Embry-Riddle. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Known for his sarcastic viewpoint on everyday life, Gaffigan frequently appears on Comedy Central and in television sitcoms and movies. Admission is free for each Embry-Riddle EAGLEcard holder and three guests. Tickets for the general public are $15 and may be purchased at or at the door. Contact: (386) 226-6039.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Memorial Service Tribute to Father Kenan Morris. 9 a.m., Interfaith Chapel, Embry-Riddle.

The service will honor Father Morris, an Embry-Riddle chaplain emeritus who passed away last year. As campus minister from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, he was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Interfaith Chapel. Contact: (386) 226-6007.

Grand Opening of Softball Stadium & Women’s Softball Exhibition Game. Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:45 p.m., game at 6 p.m., Embry-Riddle. Light refreshments provided before the game. The Embry-Riddle team will take on the Seminoles of Florida State University. The evening includes the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. The first 100 students arriving at the game will get free tickets to the Homecoming Carnival. Game contact: (386) 323-5030. Crowning contact: (386) 226-7965.

EagleNIGHT Millennium Celebration. 7-10 p.m., Hagedorn Aviation Complex courtyard, Embry-Riddle. This signature event celebrates Embry-Riddle’s millennium graduates, those who earned their degrees since the year 2000. Alumni can enjoy refreshments and live music while socializing with other alumni and members of the Embry-Riddle community. Graduating seniors, faculty and staff are admitted free with EAGLEcard. Alumni are $10 per person and should RSVP at Contact: (386) 226-6155.

Homecoming Carnival. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Armstrong parking lot, near Interfaith Chapel, Embry-Riddle. Rides are free. Food will be available for purchase and attendees can pay to play games. Contact: (386) 226-6110.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14

Embry-Riddle’s Wings & Waves Air Show & Concert. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., over the ocean at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. At the Bandshell, the Embry-Riddle Education Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Embry-Riddle alumni tent will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Embry-Riddle students, alumni, faculty and staff can catch a shuttle ride to the air show from Doolittle Hall on campus. Alumni contact: (386) 226-6155. Air show information: (386) 256-0451 or On Saturday, Oct. 13, anyone with an EAGLEcard can purchase a premium seat for the price of a regular seat for the Wings & Waves After Dark concert featuring CMA-winning, multiplatinum country band Little Texas and Dwayne O’Brien at 7:30 p.m. at Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach. Tickets are $29-$34 at the Peabody box office by calling (800) 745-3000 or (additional fees apply).

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