ECPI University Press Releases (June 2012)

Twist on Native Cuisine Yields Local Recipe
for Grilled Corn Fish Wraps

As sponsor and participant in the 2012 OpSail Virginia Fleet Chef Challenge, Culinary Institute of Virginia's chef/instructor Greg Burroughs was inspired by a dish from Ecuador. He has since created his own twist on the country's native leaf-wrap.

Using fresh local corn, Burroughs incorporates not only the leaves, but the husk as well. Splitting the leaves and husk from tip to about one-half inch above the base, he gently cuts into the cob, twists the knife and breaks the cob in half for easy removal from the husk. He then fills the husk and leaves with fresh local fish - from tuna or mahi filets to whole croaker or spot - complemented with lemon, salt, pepper and seasonings of choice. He then wraps the fish-filled husk and leaves in tin foil and lets the grill do the rest, yielding a rich tasty summer treat. The remainder of the corn cob can be mixed in a vegetable medley or served Mexican street vendor style with Cotija cheese as detailed in the recipe below.

"Native cultures have been using banana and other indigenous leaves for wrapping fish and other foods for centuries, and it's great here too," says Burroughs, who has worked at ECPI University's Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) in Norfolk for five years and has more than 30 years experience in the industry. "If using whole croaker or spot, you can simply hold the tail and pull the bones right out of the whole fish, fresh off the grill. Tuna or mahi filets makes the meal even easier and equally delicious. You can choose a range of ingredients to taste, and as corn, vegetables and other local seafood go into prime season, the combinations are almost endless."

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NMTC Presents Chairman’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education to Paul Nussbaum of ECPI University

Recognizing Teachers Teaching Teachers Program

Richmond, VA. – The National Minority Technology Council (NMTC) is pleased to announce that the winner of the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education is Paul Nussbaum, Campus Director of Academic Affairs at the Richmond, VA campus of ECPI University.

The award is given in recognition of Mr. Nussbaum’s leadership in the creation of the Teachers Teaching Teachers program offered by ECPI. The award will be presented June 26, 2012 at the NMTC Dallas District evening event hosted by Karl Cureton, Chairman of the NTMC, and Co-Chair of the 2012 U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Summit taking place in Dallas, TX from June 27th through June 29th.

Teachers Teaching Teachers is a STEM program that assists local public school teachers gain their recertification and also deliver STEM to the classroom. These classes are heavily subsidized by ECPI University to make them affordable to the teachers. More importantly, the coursework includes term projects in which the teachers create tools that they can immediately use in their classroom. For example, the recently completed Storyboarding for Animation class required teachers go beyond pictures and movies to create interactive web pages that students can click on and actively control.

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ECPI University Graduation Set for June 15

Nearly 900 Newport News-Based Students to Receive Degrees

Newport News, VAECPI University and its School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, is pleased to announce the graduation of 895 students on Friday, June 15. Commencement will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Hampton University’s Convocation Center.  Attendance is by invitation only.

Graduates will be receiving their associate and bachelor degrees in a variety of fields from the University’s Schools of Technology, Health Science, Business and Criminal Justice.  Nationally, according to Community College Week, ECPI University ranks 2nd in associate degrees awarded in computer/information science and support services, 4th in engineering technologies and 25th in registered nursing.  It also ranks 6th in the nation for associate degrees awarded to African-American students.

Media wishing to cover commencement may contact ECPI’s Director of Communications, David Brandt at 757-404-2032.

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