ECPI University Press Releases (June 2013)

Raleigh Graduate Endures and Achieves

Lee-Ann low resDomestic Violence Victim Overcomes All Challenges to Complete Degree 


Raleigh, NC – When Lee-Ann Morris’ classmates celebrate their graduation this Saturday, the will no doubt feel a great sense of accomplishment.  She, however, will feel something even greater: the peace of mind that comes with taking control of her own life. “I think that I am proof that you don’t have to be defined by your circumstances,” says Lee-Ann.

The victim of abuse growing up, married and the mother of one at 16-years old, she once again found herself in an abusive home, nearly losing her life after a particularly savage beating. She took refuge in a shelter and began rebuilding her life. She earned her GED, volunteered to help other victims of abuse, became HIPAA-certified and took a job copying subpoenas for medical cases. She continued to strive for a better life and became a radiology assistant for a local orthopedics practice.

Then, Lee-Ann decided it was time to earn a college degree. She enrolled at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute and entered the Medical Assisting program. Twice, she had to suspend her studies due to financial problems, yet she persevered.  With her goal now in sight and graduation less than two days away, she is beyond happy. “Life is a struggle at times, but the outcome depends on the road you take and how you handle the obstacles in your way,” she says.  “Just don’t ever give up on your dreams.”

Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 am at Meymandi Concert Hall, located at 2 E. South Street in Raleigh.

For more information, please contact ECPI University Campus Director of Student Affairs Gloria Hicks at 919.418.6411 or


50-Something to Graduate and Address Commencement at ECPI University

Gulf War Veteran to Speak on Second Chances, Opportunity and Finding Inspiration

“Life is all about second chances, sometimes third; the most important thing to remember is to take full advantage of every opportunity that is given to you.”

William “Burt” Evans Jr. will deliver this advice as part of his address to fellow students - many half his age - at ECPI University’s graduation at Chrysler Hall at 5 p.m.  Saturday, June 22. Evans should know.

After graduating high school in 1980, he attended college for a couple of years, but decided to join the Navy to serve his country. He spent four years as a radioman in the Gulf War, taking college courses when he could. After his first tour, he returned to civilian life and worked as an office supply company sales representative before missing the service and rejoining the Navy. His second tour ended abruptly when his wife passed away, leaving him with their two young children.

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Mobile Apps Workshop to Help Students Learn Technology from Ground Up

Program Will Guide Students in Basics to Latest Innovations 

Helping students learn and use mobile apps in their studies and everyday lives will be the focus of an upcoming summer workshop. What mobile apps are, where the technology is headed and how to design and develop from conception to publishing are the focal points of the free-to-students program. Participants also will be schooled in Mobile Game Design, the latest technology associated with mobile apps, along with new developments in augmented reality and wearable computing.

ECPI University in association with the City of Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium (CTBC) will hold the Mobile Apps workshop for 34 Chesapeake Public Schools middle and high school students from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on June 24-27th at Chesapeake Central Public Library at 298 Cedar Road. The media is welcome to attend.

Gerry White, Associate Dean of Academic Technology and Department Head of Arts & Sciences at ECPI University and licensed Apple developer, is the instructor of the Mobile Apps workshop. The school will provide students with MacBook Airs - small, thin laptops with enough memory and processing speed to handle the graphics and app development environments.

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