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® publications are distributed nationwide each year.

Nursing Faculty Provides Training/Assessments to School Nurses


Members of the Newport News Nursing Faculty provided a valuable public service today, hosting nearly 60 school nurses from Newport News Public Schools. Each year, school nurses must review their skills and be reassessed. Faculty members did just that, utilizing the campus’ advanced simulation mannequins to replicate a host of injuries and illnesses.

Message from the President

Mark Low Res

The start of 2014 presents time to reflect on the past and look to the future. While resolutions may seem trivial – and short-lived – I would challenge everyone to use this time to set and redefine goals. First, think about the year that just ended. What worked, what didn’t? Use those experiences to adjust your habits. For many of our students, graduation is just around the corner and keeping your discipline and focus will enable you to overcome obstacles and make the transition to the working world that much easier. Build upon those skills that will help your employability.

One thing to consider: take advantage of the many talents available here at ECPI University. Whether it’s certifications, externships, tutoring, math and writing assistance centers, or careers services, each campus has dedicated faculty and staff who can have a tremendous impact on your success.

I encourage you to consider as many professional certifications as possible. These are highly-recommended by both faculty and employers who serve on Advisory Boards. ECPI University libraries offer study guides, testing centers, and discounts for students and alumni.

Always remember, your experience at ECPI is a group effort between you, the college and employers. Utilize all of the resources here. ECPI University is dedicated to Excellence, Commitment, Professionalism, and Innovation. Make the best of 2014.


Mark Dreyfus

ECPI University to Host ACEN Site Review

ECPI University wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its RN-BSN program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 1pm on March 12, 2014 at the ECPI College of Health Science located at 5501 Greenwich Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or Email:

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by March 5, 2014

ECPI University Donates 60 iPads to CHKD for Patient Use

ECPI President Mark Dreyfus and Senior Vice President Barbara Larar present iPads to CHKD staff.

ECPI President Mark Dreyfus and Senior Vice President Barbara Larar present iPads to CHKD staff.

ECPI University has donated 60 new iPads for patient use at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD). They will be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Engaging children while they are hooked up to machines for lengthy treatments
  • Occupying and calming children who are being transported to the hospital
  • Helping non-verbal patients to express themselves
  • Allowing students to continue their education while hospitalized

“These iPads add so much to the therapeutic process,” says CHKD speech therapy manager Angie Coggin. “We have patient with a brain injury who knows exactly what he wants to say, but cannot say it. Using an iPad, he is able to communicate while he progresses.”

To see the iPads in use, click here to view news coverage from WAVY TV 10.