ECPI University Press Releases (February 2012)

Golden Key International Honour Society Charters ECPI University Campuses

Virginia Beach, VA – All ECPI University campuses have been chartered by the Golden Key International Honour Society, a worldwide academic honors organization that also charters the University of Virginia, William & Mary, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and many other schools around the country and the globe.

The ECPI University charter covers all of the school’s campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Online. Established in 1977, Golden Key recognizes academic excellence at the undergraduate and graduate level. To become a member, students have to have a minimum 3.7 GPA and at least 30 credits.

“This designation by Golden Key is exemplary of our commitment to excellence and an honor to the university and especially for all of our students,” says Mark Dreyfus, President of ECPI University.

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Student Volunteers Help Restore Smiles of Uninsured

Virginia Beach, Va. - Growing up in a household without medical or dental insurance, Elizabeth Parsons saw the effort her parents made to obtain the care she and her three siblings needed, sometimes at clinics for the uninsured.   They owned a small business and the cost of premiums was out of reach.  So when the university Parsons was attending sought volunteers to help at a dental event for the homeless, she responded immediately.  It’s also the reason she still participates in the school’s outreach, even though she now has her degree and a full-time position as a dental assistant.

“My parents always made sure that my sisters, brother and I went to the dentist and the doctor, even though it meant putting their own health needs last,” said Parsons, 22. “So when the opportunity came up to help others, I said yes right away.”

Parsons, a Virginia Beach resident, will volunteer once again on February 24 and 25 at Gloucester High School as part of the Middle Peninsula Mission of Mercy Project.  She will work alongside current students in the dental assisting program of her alma mater, ECPI University’s School of Health Sciences, Medical Careers Institute (MCI).

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Vets Serving Vets

Student Vets at Culinary School to Treat Wounded Warriors to Special Meal

Norfolk, VA - "Service is what the military is about," says retired U.S. Air Force Major Wade O'Neill and chef instructor at ECPI University's Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) in Norfolk. "And it's literally going to be vets serving vets when we welcome wounded warriors from the VA Medical Center in Hampton for a very special meal."

CIV student veterans, staff and members of the general student body will prepare, serve and share fellowship with 30 veterans from the hospital at the school's "Dining for Veterans" day on February 22. O'Neill in January helped establish a Student Veterans of America Chapter at CIV. This will be the inaugural event.

"We have many veterans here at CIV and the military medical community has found that the best group rehabilitation practices are activities of veterans with other veterans," O'Neill says. "They relate more easily with one another and that helps move the healing process forward."

Lunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the CIV campus at 2428 Almeda Ave. in Norfolk. The media is invited to attend.

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