ECPI University Press Releases (November 2012)

Student Volunteers Help Restore Smiles of Uninsured

Dental Access Clinic Day to be Held in Virginia Beach on 11/30-12/1

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 Parsons, now an ECPI University alumnus and a full-time dental assistant, still participates in the school’s outreach.

“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, 23. “So when the opportunity came up to help others, I said yes right away.”

Parsons, a Virginia Beach resident, will volunteer once again on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Dental Access Day Clinic at Ebenezer Baptist church at 875 Baker Road in Virginia Beach.

The clinic will continue on Saturday, Dec. 1. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The media is welcome to attend.

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Greensboro Campus Appoints New Admissions Director

Greensboro, NCECPI University is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Mabry to the role of Director of Admissions for the Greensboro Campus. Mr. Mabry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Communications, and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University.  He has been with ECPI for three years and has served as both an admissions advisor and assistant director of admissions at the Greensboro Campus.

For more information, please contact ECPI Greensboro Campus President Tammie Land at 336.665.1400 or Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or


Classes Bring New Flavor, Twists, Tips for Holiday Cuisine

Designed to Help People Make Most Out of Home Dining

Instead of the same old turkey leftovers, how about a homemade turkey pot pie, or turkey on wheat with melted baby Swiss, arugula, avocado, smoked paprika and garlic mayonnaise? For dessert, perhaps a deep-dish, dark chocolate pie with heavy cream, butter and amaretto.

New recipes, creative twists on traditional dishes and time-saving tips are the focus of an expanded culinary instruction program to help the public make the most of home holiday cooking and entertaining.

"We've designed the classes to help our guests enhance their knowledge, techniques and kitchen skills specifically for the busy holiday season," says Troy Camacho, chef and director of Casual Gourmet, a recreational cooking program offered at ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV).

"These are very hands-on classes where students will be able to go home and make what they've just learned," Chef Camacho says. "In addition to fresh new ideas, we'll examine preparation techniques, safe storage of leftovers and simple time-saving tips, such as keeping the oven closed and how to prepare food well ahead of time."

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