Up in the Air at the Oceana Air Show

It was a wet weekend for the 2011 Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach but representatives from ECPI University braved the elements to talk to aviation fans.

The air show was first held in 1953 and the event has been held almost each year since. The show is a thrilling event for those who love aircraft and aviation and is always a thrilling spectacle of flight demonstrations, parachute shows, pyrotechnics and more.

This year the air show celebrated the Centennial of Naval Aviation September 23 through 25. The show featured a number of aerial performers including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, who have been performing since 1946.

From left to right: Diana Cooper, Angie Argenbreit and Levi Brooks

ECPI University a Military Friendly School

ECPI University has been designated as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs, according to an announcement made recently by the magazine.

The magazine targeted to military personnel transitioning into civilian life, included ECPI University in its 2012 Military Friendly Schools list. The ranking honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“Those serving our country have unique needs and ECPI University has proudly been serving them for 45 years,” said Bob Larned, Executive Director of Military Education at ECPI University. “We do everything possible 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 with our Information Assurance Training program.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. According to the magazine, schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

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