Helping Girls “Get” IT

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ECPI University’s Newport News campus and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development hosted more than 40 young ladies from Bethel High School in Hampton for a very special event called “Girls Get IT.” It’s a program designed to expose teenage girls to careers in information technology and engineering.

Today’s event featured a problem solving exercise whereby students utilized technology to overcome theoretical challenges, as well as a slate of guest speakers. One of those speakers was ECPI University alum Nikki Tarnacki who works as a Network Engineer for NCI, Inc. at Langley Air Force Base.  ”This program meets a tremendously important need,” says ECPI Newport News Campus President Dr. John Olson. “The number of women in STEM fields is disproportionately low. So, we hope that events like this will broaden awareness and encourage these young ladies to pursue careers in IT and engineering.”

 

 

High School Game Enthusiasts Win Scholarships

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Congratulations to three Virginia Beach high school students who competed at ECPI University’s Video Game Challenge. Each of these young men have been awarded $1,000 scholarships:

1st Place – Antonio Brundage of Princess Anne High School

2nd Place – Dylan O’Brien of Ocean Lakes High School

3rd Place – Steven Hartman of Ocean Lakes High School

To think that someone probably once told them that video games are a waste of time!

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.

Culinary Students Cook Up Dinner for 850 Children

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Students at ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, were busy this morning preparing Shepherd’s pie for about 850 children. It’s all part of the school’s monthly participating in the Kids Cafe program through the Food Bank to feed children in need. Everyone at ECPI University is proud of these dedicated volunteers!

Speaker Shares Insightful Thoughts Following Faculty Conference

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Hundreds attend ECPI University’s annual faculty conference.

ECPI University recently held a two-day faculty conference. It’s a regular event that highlights the University’s commitment to faculty development and it helps ensure that curriculum meets the needs of students and employers.

Among our many talented speakers, ECPI was honored to welcome Dr. Barbi Honeycutt. She’s an expert in developing strategies, and designing resources for educators, instructors, and trainers who want to learn how to create engaging learning environments.

Here’s something she posted following the conference. Please take a moment to read and share your thoughts.