Soaring to Greatness
July 2005 - January 2012
Funds Raised by Campaign Priority Area:
- Student Excellence
- Faculty Excellence
- Academic Excellence
- Regional & Global Engagement
- Annual Fund
Funds Raised by school or college:
- College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Health & Human Services, School of Nursing
- Cameron School of Business
- Watson School of Education
- University Priority Areas
College of Arts & Sciences
Charles and Hannah Block Distinguished Professorship in Jewish History
The Charles and Hannah Block Distinguished Professorship in Jewish History was initiated by Frank Block and Mary Block Levine in honor of their parents, Charles and Hannah Block, with a match from The North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund.
Oriole Burevitch Laboratory
The Oriole Burevitch Laboratory was established by Louise Oriole Burevitch. The lab is one of the few on the East Coast equipped for marine mammal investigation, including whale necropsies. Mrs. Burevitch has also contributed to the UNCW Hillcrest Reading Program operating at Snipes Elementary School.
Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professorship of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector
The Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professorship of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector was created by Mrs. Cameron and her children to assist in the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty to the Department of Public and International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift from the family was matched with funds from the North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund and the C.D. Spangler Foundation.
Charles F. Green Endowed Support Fund for English and Michael Wentworth Student Enrichment Travel Endowment
The Charles F. Green Endowed Support Fund for English and the Michael Wentworth Student Enrichment Travel Endowment were established by Charles F. Green III '71. The Support Fund for English supports the advancement of the Department of English at UNCW. The Travel Award was established in honor of Dr. Michael D. Wentworth, a highly dedicated professor of English at UNCW. Its primary purpose is to sponsor travel for students who are engaged in the study of literature, both in the U.S. and abroad.
College of Health & Human Services- School of Nursing
Dr. J. Richard Corbett Charitable Lead Annuity Trust
The Dr. J. Richard Corbett Charitable Lead Annuity Trust was established to benefit the School of Nursing. Between 2006 and 2012, significant support has been awarded to faculty to fund 24 research projects. Dr. Corbett believes that "sharing is elevating yourself."
Champion McDowell Davis Nursing Scholarship
The Champion McDowell Davis Nursing Scholarship was established to assist students in the School of Nursing. This scholarship, with gifts totaling $274,000, was created by the Foundation as a memorial to Champion McDowell Davis, who, having served both as president of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and a member of the first Board of Trustees at Wilmington College, was one of Wilmington's preeminent business and civic leaders.
Irwin Belk Distinguished Professorship in Nursing
The Irwin Belk Distinguished Professorship in Nursing was created by Irwin Belk, a business executive and higher education advocate, in keeping with his generosity across the state of North Carolina. This professorship is designed to promote health and nursing care for underserved and/or vulnerable populations in rural southeastern North Carolina with mental health disorders and other chronic illnesses. Belk provided a major gift, enabling the university to receive matching funds from the C.D. Spangler Foundation of Charlotte and the North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund, to endow the Professorship. "I am very pleased to help UNCW recruit outstanding nursing faculty," Belk said. As chief executive officer of the Belk Group, Inc., he has been an advocate for the university since the 1960s, when he and other state leaders worked to expand the UNC system.
Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer Distinguished Professorship in Oncological Nursing
The Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer Distinguished Professorship in Oncological Nursing was established in memory of Lucy Ann Brewer, who died of cancer in 1994 by the Brewer and Boddie families. This professorship was made possible by Lucy's husband Joe Brewer Jr.; her daughter Lee Brewer Garrett, a former UNCW Trustee; her daughter Lucy Brewer Wheeless and her husband Steve Wheeless; and her son Joe Brewer III and his wife Virginia Holland Brewer. Lucy Brewer's brothers, Mayo and Nick Boddie, along with their wives, children, grandchildren and extended families, are supporting the distinguished professorship through various family foundations. The gift from the family will be matched with funds from the North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund.
Cameron School of Business
BB&T Global Capitalism Lecture Series and BB&T Institute for Global Capitalism and Ethics
The BB&T gift establishing the BB&T Global Capitalism Lecture Series and the BB&T Institute for Global Capitalism and Ethics provided the resources to create the BB&T Student Managed Investment Fund, one of the largest such student-managed funds in the nation. The gift of more than $1 million from BB&T Corporation is helping the Cameron School of Business emphasize the moral foundations of our economic system, supported by oversight with an Advisory Board consisting of CSB staff, UNCW Foundation board members and BB&T representatives.
Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill Distinguished Professorship of Business and Health
The Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill Distinguished Professorship of Business and Health was established by Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill who designated a portion of their family gift with matching funds from the state Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund. "Many of our students want to focus on the business of health care for their professional careers," Dean Larry Clark said, "Our ideal professor will be someone with a doctorate in a business discipline and a health care graduate degree as well as industry experience. The McNeill professor will have an important role in helping UNCW be a part of serving the health care needs of this region." Earlier this year, brothers John A. "Sandy" McNeill Jr. and Ronald B. "Ronnie" McNeill and their wives, Deborah S. McNeill and Cynthia J. "Cyndi" McNeill, respectively, created a historic endowment to benefit the university's nursing and business schools. This is the largest outright philanthropic gift in UNCW history. The nursing building on campus was named McNeill Hall in the family's honor.
H. David and Diane Swain Center for Business and Economic Services
The H. David and Diane Swain Center for Business and Economic Services was named in honor of David and Diane Swain who generously supported economic research and business development services at the Cameron School of Business. The Swain Center provides professional development courses for the public and serves as the business research and outreach division for the Cameron School of Business.
Watson School of Education
Cathy L. Barlow Intern Scholarship in Education
The Cathy L. Barlow Intern Scholarship in Education was created by faculty and staff in the Watson School of Education in honor of Cathy L. Barlow to assist students entering their internship semester in the Watson School of Education. This scholarship was created in response to the increasing number of students who are compelled to dropout due to full-time employment and family responsiblities.
Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professorship in Education
The Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professorship in Education was endowed by Wendy and Dell Murphy, with a matching grant from The North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund. This professorship is focused on pre-K through 12 education, with an emphasis on innovation, school reform and research in policy and practice. Wendy Murphy is the immediate past chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees.
Janis Norris Scholarship in Education
The Janis Norris Scholarship in Education, was established by Janis Norris '81. A longtime supporter and advocate of the WSE, Janis has been a member and served as an officer of the WSE Alumni Committee for many years. As a graduate with her MA in Education Supervision, she established her endowed scholarship as a way of giving back.
A generous gift of life insurance provided by Gary K. Shipman '77 will provide much needed future scholarship support for UNCW Athletics and the Watson School of Education. Mr. Shipman was appointed by the governor to the Board of Trustees for a term that ends in 2013. He has been a practicing attorney in Wilmington for the past 28 years and is the managing law partner of Shipman & Wright, LLP. He received his bachelor's degree from UNCW.
Improvements to Trask Coliseum
Dr. Fred Eshelman, current member of the Board of Governors, former member of the UNCW Board of Trustees, and founder and former chairman of PPD, Inc., provided significant support for capital improvements to Trask Coliseum. Eshelman's wife April '93, daughter Kimberly '08 and son-in-law Bryan Batten '06 are alumni. Dr. Eshelman also initiated a PPD contribution of seed money to UNCW's clinical research program.
George Rountree III contributed a gift that will provide for improvements to Trask Coliseum. Mr. Rountree played a key role in the development of the Seahawk Club during its early years and served as president five times. In addition, Rountree was a member of the UNCW Board of Trustees from 1989-93, and later served on the UNCW Board of Visitors as well. He was inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2009 and the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
Fisher Field House
Fisher Field House is a 4,238-square foot permanent home for the university's baseball team, named in honor of major benefactors Herbert and Sylvia Fisher. "The Fisher Field House is a dream come true," said Baseball Head Coach Mark Scalf. "It will help our program run more efficiently. When recruits and their parents come, they will see a first-class facility." Herbert Fisher '53 said, "It is an honor to do things for your community. Sylvia and I consider this our honor and our privilege." Nearly fifty donors made this important project possible, including significant donors Bruce D. Cavanaugh and William P. Nixon.
University Priority Areas
Malcomb Coley '86, '89 MBA announced a 10-year commitment to fund five scholarships to honor his former professor, Denis G. Carter; Ralph Parker, former director of minority affairs; the late Douglas Johnson, former registrar; Lt. Col. James Braye, director of career planning and placement; and the Cameron School of Business. Mr. Coley was recognized as the 2011 UNCW Distinguished Alumnus by the UNCW Alumni Association. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in accountancy and Master of Business Administration at UNCW. Since then, Mr. Coley has become a partner in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services Group of Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Coley's commitment to diversity in accounting has served as a backbone for his involvement in other related programs. Committed to UNCW, Mr. Coley also holds a position on the Cameron School of Business Executive Advisory Board and regularly appears as a featured speaker in CSB classes.
The Fisher Family created an endowment to support the Herbert '53 and Sylvia '50 Fisher Student Center. The University of North Carolina Wilmington named the Fisher University Union, a newly renovated building in the heart of campus, for alumni Herbert and Sylvia Fisher, and their three children. The Fishers established an endowed fund to support the Union and enhance its programs. In addition to Herbert and Sylvia, the donors are Diana Fisher Abbott, Pam Fisher Snyder and Carlton Fisher '83, former vice chair of the UNCW Foundation Board and current member of the Board of Trustees. The Fisher Memorial Garden was named in memory of Herbert's sister Emily to honor the memories of students, faculty and staff whose lives ended during their time at UNCW.
Public Service and Continuing Studies
The Bernard Osher Foundation contributed more than $3.5 million to the campaign. The Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) in UNCW's Office of Public Service and Continuing Studies received two $1 million endowments and additional outright gifts totaling $2.3 million. OLLI is an institute for seasoned learners (ages 50+) to enrich their lives through continued academic education. The Osher Reentry Scholarship program received a $1 million endowment and additional outright gifts totaling $1.2 million. The reentry scholarship program provides funding to undergraduate students who have experienced a cumulative disruption in their education of five or more years to want to complete their first degree and rejoin the workforce.
The Ann Sherman-Skiba Fund for Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement was created in support of UNCW's applied learning initiatives as an integral element of curricular studies. Ann Sherman-Skiba's fund will provide support for students engaged in undergraduate research. Ms. Sherman-Skiba also made a generous gift to name the Guenther Skiba Jazz Rehearsal Room which supports the UNCW Jazz Festival.