The Changes of Fall

Fall is the time of year that traditionally most students return to school. For some of you this may be the case, but for the majority who choose ECPI University for the convenient year-round schedule, fall is just another change in seasons that hopefully finds you closer to your goal of graduation. This year we encourage you to focus more closely on our communities and the holiday season.

At all ECPI campuses, students and staff are engaged in helping the community by finding ways we can give back to those in need. There are many people who, during these difficult economic times, need a helping hand. ECPI University supports many community charities and organizations including: the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, community blood drives, “Christmas Angel Tree“ program, Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer, American Heart Association Heart Walks, Diabetes Walks, blood pressure and glucose screenings for diabetes awareness, book drives, Girls Get IT, and many others. Ask about the activities at your campus and join us in helping the community.

Fall has brought other changes at several of our campuses across Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In Virginia Beach, our first master’s degree students started their program pursuing the Masters of Science in Information Systems. The program, taking less than 15 months, will also be offered online beginning in January 2012. At the school of health science campus in Newport News, Virginia, students started a new associate’s degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. This program, which can be completed in 18 months, incorporates hands-on clinical training in local hospital and clinical settings, and prepares the student to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers board exam.

Also, three of ECPI University campuses serve as Certified Assessment Centers for the Virginia Manufacturers Association. In October the Innsbrook campus in Richmond, Virginia became the fourth site in the state to provide exclusive industry assessments. Not only do ECPI students benefit, but the entire manufacturing community will be able to make use of this assessment.

Along with change, some things remain constant at ECPI University, and one of those is our commitment to support the military. ECPI University was again honored by G.I. Jobs in its 2012 Military Friendly School list. The ranking honors the top 20 percent of colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. We make every effort to assist military students in getting their degree, including our military distance learning partnerships with every branch of the military and our unique partnership with the Wounded Warrior Program to provide on base training.

As 2011 comes to an end I encourage you to remain persistent in your pursuit of higher education and know that everyone at ECPI University is here to support you in your efforts and goals.

Sincerely,

Mark Dreyfus

Real Men Wear Pink. I Wear Pink.

You’ve probably seen it everywhere. The stores you shop. The walls you walk. Even on Sunday NFL. It is pink and that pink symbolizes breast cancer awareness month which is October. ECPI University in Virginia Beach wants your help to turn the school pink during the month of October in support.

Drop by the bookstore to purchase a “Real Men Wear Pink” or “I Wear Pink” button for $2. All proceeds with go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Then wear your button throughout the month to show your support.

Then on Tuesday, October 18 help us turn ECPI pink by wearing pink. Everyone who is wearing pink that day is asked to meet in the atrium at 1:00 p.m. to take a photo with fellow pink participants. All those present for the photo will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to win an ECPI prize pack to be awarded on the spot.

If you get hungry the same day as the pink photo (10/18) visit the bookstore and purchase a pink cupcake. Cupcakes are baked and donated by Tiffany to raise funds for the Susan Komen for the Cure and are being sold for $2.

Litter Getters

Traffic was heavy on Victory Boulevard at the intersection of 134 through the intersection of Victory and Carey Chapel Road back in July. Drivers beware because those people beautifying that stretch of roads were employees of ECPI University and Medical Careers Institute in Newport News, Virginia.

From left to right: Jason Thompson, Lisa Ray, John Olson, Nicole DeRoven, Jemal Taborn, Nayla Mosley, Vijay Bhuse, Jeremiah Nunez and Dianna Eady

From left to right: Bridgette Carstens, Victoria Snabori-Heath, Tamara King, Barbara Larar, Alicia Coles, Erica Pressick and Antoon Rufi

Two groups of about thirty people cleaned debris covering just a little more than a mile. The crew is hoping to conduct a few more clean-ups before the end of the year.

Dianna Eady and Nayla Mosley give the approval for a clean highway.

Amy Bakke-Tomberlin helps to remove litter with the ECPI crew.

ECPI University “Stepped UP” for the Hampton Roads Community

It was a race to the top, fifty flights of stairs to climb to benefit The Up Center. Two teams represented ECPI University at the Step Up event on April 3 in Dominion Tower in Norfolk, Virginia. Together they raised $800 to support the cause.

The first  ECPI University team was  comprised of  Mike McCloughan, Campus President, ECPI University – Virginia Beach/Online, and members from Advanced Technology Institute, a sister school of ECPI University, including Dick Daigle, Campus President; Chenek Picka, Director of Education and Alan Hemingway. This ECPI University team won first place in the corporate team division.

ECPI University Administration team took second place and included Nicole Myers,  Desiree Hodge, Vicki Cope and Daniel Burke.

From left to right: Nicole Myers is a Marketing Analyst, Desiree Hodge is Human Resources Administrator, Vicki Cope is the Book Store Coordinator and Daniel Burke is Institutional Research Coordinator. They all work in college administration in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Step Up is a stair climbing competition and fundraiser that challenges participants to walk 25 flights of stairs (580 steps). There is the option to climb 25, 50 or 100 flights. The proceeds benefit The Up Center, a diversified social services agency that serves more than 10,000 people in need in Hampton Roads. The Up Center helps children and families; people with disabilities; and adults in crisis.

ECPI University and MCI Honors Veterans by Participating in Ride 2 Recovery

It seemed like a small effort with a big heart to honor United States veterans. ECPI University and MCI, ECPI University’s School of Health Science, staff and students from Richmond and Newport News rallied to support Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) on May 30 through June 4.

Ride 2 Recovery is a partnership with the military and Virginia Volunteer Service Office to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for the country’s wounded veterans featuring cycling as the core activity. R2R raises money to help injured veterans overcome obstacles they face. Cycling is an activity almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate and it helps speed the recovery and rehabilitation process.

Ride 2 Recovery Challenges are multi-day events that cover 350 to 450 miles. This particular Memorial Challenge had riders following historical roads departing Whipple Field at Arlington Cemetery to the final destination in Virginia Beach. Along the way, they passed Mt. Vernon, the home of the first President George Washington, the famous civil war battlefields of Manassas or Bull Run as the North called it, Fredericksburg, Mechanicsville, and the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond. Onto the heart of the Confederacy in Colonial America and the settlements of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown stopping in the heart of the largest military bases in the United States.

ECPI University and MCI volunteers from Richmond and Newport News provided relaxing post-ride chair massages.

From left to right: Seated, Caprice Cross, Cathy Greene, Shinequa Stephens; standing, Catrina Saunders-Jackson, Kay Keene, Ashley White, Matthew Pritt, Jessica Kraemer, Michelle Fancher, Traci Brandenburg and Quayla Hilbert