ISU selected to host 2011 Aviation Conference

November 12 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-- Indiana State University's aviation department has been selected to host the 2011 University Aviation Association (UAA) fall conference.

"We are absolutely delighted to host this prestigious collegiate aviation event," said Harry Minniear, chair of Indiana State's aviation department. "It is an incredible honor and it will bring great notoriety and prominence to our department and Indiana State."

Indiana State competed against three other institutions to host the event. The Sycamores made their pitch for the event working with the Indianapolis Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

"Indianapolis will be the site of the conference, due to the large aviation presence of Rolls-Royce and Fed Ex, the new midfield terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport and its hotel and convention facilities," Minniear said.

For 60 years, the University Aviation Association has been the voice of collegiate aviation education to its members, the industry, government and the general public. Through the collective expertise of its members, the organization plays a pivotal role in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs representing all segments of the aviation industry.

Today, UAA has more than 600 members, including 100 accredited colleges and universities such as Indiana State and Purdue University.

Next year's conference will be hosted by Kansas State University in Wichita.

Indiana State's aviation program was named a Program of Regional Distinction as part of the university's Distinctive Programs Initiative in 2007. Funded in part by a gift from the Lilly Endowment, the initiative is intended to strengthen programs with national or regional reputations for quality, and build programs that have the potential to achieve that status.

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Contact: Harry Minniear, chair of the ISU aviation department, (812) 237-2641

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University's aviation department has been selected to host the 2011 University Aviation Association (UAA) fall conference.

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