5 Red Flags for Students Using Facebook

Modern technology has made it easier than ever to conduct up-to-date research, collaborate with peers and network with professionals. Being a student in the 21st century is a rewarding and innovative experience, but some of the best resources come with big risks.


Before students enjoyed constant Facebook access via smartphones and tablets, they didn’t have to worry about their youthful indiscretions affecting their careers. Today the landscape is very different, and you need to be savvy about your uploads, likes, shares, pokes and tags. Social media is here to stay, so in order to protect your future professional reputation and make sure your academic career goes as smoothly as possible, watch for the following red flags of student Facebook use. [Read more...]

CIV Students Compete to Represent School at Meatball Challenge


Chef Chris Jones from Riverstone Chophouse samples a Chorizo Meatball with Salsa Roja.


Student winners Mike Miles and Jason Lord.








Meatball mania has overtaken ECPI University’s Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV), at least for today!  Fifteen student teams from the Norfolk and Newport News locations went head-to-head this morning in a competition to create the most imaginative, tasty meatballs. And there was more on the line than simple bragging rights.

The winner represents CIV at the Crazy Good Meatball Challenge this Sunday at the Mid-Atlantic Home and Garden Show in Virginia Beach. Presiding over that competition is none other than Chef Mike Isabella, Top Chef Contestant, famous restaurant owner, and author of the book, Crazy Good Italian. He will lead a contingent of local chefs in deciding who makes the best meatballs in Coastal Virginia.

Today’s winner at the CIV competition: Mike Miles and Jason Lord and their crazy-delicious Moroccan Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce. Some of the other lip-smacking entries included Bacon Caprese Meatballs, Chorizo Meatballs with Salsa Roja, Italian Mushroom Risotto Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Jam, Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce, Smokey Meatball Au Gratin, Carib-Asian Chicken Meatballs.

Everyone at the Culinary Institute of Virginia would like to thank our guest chefs who judged today’s event: Elizabeth Kloc from Felinni’s, Matt Gibbs from Todd Jurich’s Bistro, David Frohlich from Braise, Jose Perez from Cedar Point Country Club, Chris Jones from Riverstone Chophouse, Peter Tseng from Westminster Canterbury, and Leon Buenviaje from CP Shuckers.

“One of the most difficult things to do is to take an abstract idea and bring it to fruition on a plate,” says Peter Tseng. Several of the chefs praised the students for their imagination, simple, elegant flavors, and presentation. As for today’s winner, Fellinis’ Elizabeth Kloc may have said it best. “When I tasted it, it was like immediate ‘WOW’ factor.”


The World’s Most “Life-Like” Synthetic Human Arrives at Richmond/Moorefield Campus

Surgical Technology Program Director Charles Hughes closes an incision with the assistance of Director of Nursing Jacqueline Newman.

Surgical Technology Program Director Charles Hughes closes an incision with the assistance of Director of Nursing Jacqueline Newman.

Simulator is the First of its Kind in Richmond

It’s the world’s most life-like synthetic human; and it is now residing at the Richmond/Moorefield campus of ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI). “We are proud to join some of the world’s leading universities and healthcare organizations in providing our students with a tool that can help them enhance their skill level,” says MCI Surgical Technology Program Director Charles Hughes.

Manufactured by SynDaver Labs and the first of its kind being used by college students in Richmond, this advanced simulation mannequin features a complete representation of typical human anatomy, including every bone, muscle, and organ, skin with fat and fascia planes, a functioning respiratory system, and a full digestive tract and circulatory system.

“Having a Syndaver on campus will give our students a true-to-life training that is second to none,” says Hughes. “With no other educator providing this level of realism in Richmond, our students will have an unprecedented opportunity to prepare themselves before they step into the clinical settings of their chosen fields.”

As a teaching tool, it can be used for a variety of purposes including training in basic suturing skills, microvascular anastomosis, central line placement, chest tube placement, breast surgery, liposuction, oral and nasal intubation, tracheotomy, coronary angioplasty and stenting, and a wide variety of other surgical procedures.



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 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.