New Vet Center Opens at Virginia Beach Campus

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ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus and Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned welcome campus veterans.

ECPI University is proud to announce the opening of its new Veterans Center at the Virginia Beach campus. Welcoming members of the campus’ Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter, ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus said, “We are proud to provide this new service to our veterans and military community. This continues our dedication to providing the best experience possible to our students.”

Aside from providing an area for veterans to meet and interact, the center also serves as the office for ECPI University’s new VOSC counselor, Maureen Gibson. VOSC – VetSuccess on Campus – is a program offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to help veterans make the transition from military service to academic and civilian life. ECPI University is one of only 94 colleges and universities in the nation to be part of this initiative.

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Faculty and staff enjoy refreshments in the Veterans Center.

VA vocational rehabilitation counselors like Ms. Gibson are available to help ease veterans’ transition to student life and assist them in achieving their educational and career goals through VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefit programs. They also maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring Veterans as needed for counseling or medical services and providing assistance enrolling in and applying for VA benefits. For more information, please contact Ms. Gibson at Maureen.Gibson@va.gov or 757-217-9459.

ECPI Students Win “Most Innovative” Award at Dominion Enterprises’ Hackathon

ECPI University students Adam Myers, Kenneth Crim, and Justin Norman are accompanied by their Dominion Enterprises coaches in accepting their award.

ECPI University students Adam Myers, Kenneth Crim, and Justin Norman are accompanied by their Dominion Enterprises coaches in accepting their award.

A team of three ECPI University students from the Newport News and Virginia Beach campuses has been honored with the “Most Innovative Award” at Dominion Enterprises’ 7th Annual Hackathon, HACKU2. The two-day event held at Dominion Enterprises’ headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia is designed for students to gain real world software development experience by collaborating and designing functional games and apps. This year, teams were tasked with designing and programming working games, or game-themed apps by utilizing nationally recognized API’s as well as some used by Dominion Enterprises itself.

Game and Simulation students Kenneth Crim and Adam Myers and Web Development student Justin Norman developed a new approach to authenticating whether a user is human or not. This has the potential to replace the existing CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computer and Humans Apart) challenge-response test method. This approach utilizes a smiley face and a scroll bar where the user selects a particular smiley face image and find its match on a scroll bar to authenticate that they are not a “bot” – thereby reducing the amount of spam on a web site.

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, employment, parenting, and travel industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, customer relationship management, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 45 market-leading websites reaching more than 20 million unique visitors monthly. More than 77 million For Rent®, Employment Guide® and HotelCoupons.com® publications are distributed nationwide each year.

ECPI University Sends Student Team to Hackathon

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Computer and Information Science students from the Newport News and Virginia Beach campuses are competing against student teams from six other Virginia universities at Dominion Enterprises’ 7th Annual Hackathon, HACKU2. This challenging event is designed for students to gain real world software development experience by collaborating and designing functional games and apps. This year, teams will be tasked with designing and programming working games, or game-themed apps by utilizing nationally recognized API’s as well as some used by Dominion Enterprises itself. The teams will be mentored and coached by professional developers, designers, analyzers, and project managers employed by Dominion Enterprises.

“These student-focused Hackathons are great,” commented Joe Fuller, Chief Information Officer of Dominion Enterprises. “The students get to learn from our experienced coders and we get the benefit of their fresh approach to problems. The element of competition also makes this event fun for everyone.” Competition began this morning, runs late into the night and commences tomorrow afternoon with prizes being given in the following four categories: Most Innovative, Most Creative/Entertaining, Best use of the Appcelerator Mobile Application Development Platform, and Best in Show.

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, employment, parenting, and travel industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, customer relationship management, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 45 market-leading websites reaching more than 20 million unique visitors monthly. More than 77 million For Rent®, Employment Guide® and HotelCoupons.com® publications are distributed nationwide each year.