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Quad Cities in Brief: More than 200 graduates to participate in ERAU commencement

More than 200 graduates to participate in ERAU commencement

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott and Worldwide Campuses will graduate more than 200 students at the University’s Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

Featuring 132 students from the Prescott Campus and 69 from the Worldwide Campus, the graduating class includes 19 Prescott students receiving military commissions: 13 from Air Force ROTC and six from Army ROTC. The class also includes Ph.D. candidate and Embry-Riddle assistant professor Timothy A. Sestak. This will be the first time a Ph.D. will be awarded at a Prescott commencement ceremony.

Keynote speakers will be Embry-Riddle President Dr. P. Barry Butler, and Katie Pribyl, Senior Vice President, Aviation Strategy and Programs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Pribyl is an Embry-Riddle Prescott alumna who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science in Fall 2000. She was also a member of the Golden Eagles Flight Team from 1997-2000, including the 1999 National Championship Team. Pribyl is an active pilot with more than 4,500 hours of accumulated flight time.

“This class is the brightest to have entered our university -- they have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in a variety of amazing projects, competitions, internships, and consulting opportunities, and are wonderful human beings who care about each other and their university,” said Prescott Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers.

For more information on the Prescott/Worldwide commencement, go to prescott.erau.edu/campus-life/graduation. A live streaming broadcast of the ceremony will be available at erau.edu/graduation.

Information provided by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“Don’t Spend Christmas Alone”

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church of Prescott will be hosting the 37th annual “Don’t Spend Christmas Alone” community dinner 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

“Don’t Spend Christmas Alone” will provide a free full Christmas dinner and fellowship for everyone in the Quad City area who may be alone or feel alone on this day. Volunteers will visit the home bound and deliver a free meal, so that they too may feel a part of the community celebration.

Last year, several hundred people were served despite a very snowy, white Christmas. Some people who attended were new to the community, others could not be with family members for various reasons, some had no homes, and some just felt alone. Along with a homemade meal, guests can enjoy Christmas Carols and a visit from Santa.

Later in November, the opportunity to volunteer for “Don’t Spend Christmas Alone” will be opened to the community; and that information will be shared at a later date. The event relies heavily on the time and talent of volunteers; and volunteers must be 13 years of age or older.

The church is located at 2000 Shepherd’s Lane, one block North of the Airport light on Highway 89 in Prescott.

To donate to this event, or for more general information, call Saint Luke’s Church at 778-4499.

YPIT Holiday Native Art Market

Come to the third annual YPIT Holiday Native Art Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 16, YPIT Gathering Center, 530 E. Merritt, Prescott. Frybread stand: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Native dancing and singing performances: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Live flute player Michael Goodluck throughout the day. Not all vendors take credit cards and it is good to have cash on hand. Local Southwest, native art and crafts: meet the artists, learn how gifts are made and support local artists and businesses.

State representative to speak to Prescott Indivisible

The monthly meeting of Prescott Indivisible is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 5 at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset, Prescott. State Representative Ken Clark (District 24) is the scheduled guest speaker.

Prescott Indivisible is a non-partisan community which seeks to promote a progressive and inclusive agenda in support of human rights and the environment. It focuses on local actions in defense of the rule of law, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. For information, call 928-443-8854.