Mother’s Illness Inspires Northern Virginia Grad to Care for Others

Six years ago, Kathy Mullen’s mother became severely ill. Upon release from the hospital, she and her siblings would play a major role in their mother’s recovery. “We were taught things like how to administer medication and change a PICC line,” says Kathy. “The whole experience really piqued my interest in medicine, but I didn’t act on it right away.”

The thought of a career change continued to seep into her thoughts. As a legal transcriber, her job would frequently take her up and down I-66 in Northern Virginia…right by ECPI’s Manassas campus. “Each time I glanced over, I would get this feeling that somehow we were connected,” she says. “I know it sounds silly, but I have felt a real connection to ECPI for the longest time. One day, two years ago, I couldn’t drive by without stopping. It was like God was telling me, ‘Kathy, it’s time.’ I turned to my kids, who were in the car that day, and told them, I needed to make a stop.”
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Raleigh Faculty Member Wears “Super Geek” as Badge of Honor

CIS faculty member Erla Beegle is no regular geek; she’s a bona fide Super Geek. That’s what the Kramden Institute calls volunteers who lead Corporate Community Service Days. A longtime partner with ECPI’s Raleigh camps, this nonprofit organization refurbishes computers that would otherwise be discarded and donates them to schools and middle-school children in economic need.

Under the guidance of a Super Geek like Erla, companies “rent” Kramden for the day with a tax-deductible donation and then send employees who help refurbish the computers. When they’re finished, those once discarded machines are ready to hum back to life, complete with Microsoft Windows 7, web browsers, and anti-virus installed. Thus far, Kramden has distributed over 10,000 computers in its quest to bridge the digital divide.
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