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Claire Stanley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Donor Relations stanleyc@uncw.edu

Mailing Address:
Friends of UNCW
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5631



Click below to meet the Friends of UNCW Scholarship Recipient, Jamie Gerlach '13

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Honorary Friends member, Louise Gorham, posing with husband, Dumay Gorham.

Honorary member, Louise Gorham '59, with her husband, Dumay Gorham '58, at the 2010 annual Grants Award Coffee.

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Friends of UNCW

The Friends of UNCW, a volunteer organization formed in December 1963 to help Wilmington College (now UNCW) increase the library's holdings from 11,000 volumes to a minimum of 50,000 volumes – a requirement at the time for accreditation as a four-year institution. The Friends met that goal and have been steadfast UNCW supporters for more 50 years.

The organization's current contributions include supporting a merit scholarship and annually funding special projects based on proposals from UNCW faculty and staff.

Click here to apply for the FY16 Friends of UNCW Grant

News & Events

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Friends of UNCW! The Friends of the Library was founded in 1963 to assist in the accreditation of Wilmington College. As our college grew to a university, we followed, becoming Friends of UNCW. Today we support and promote educational, scientific and charitable projects on behalf of the university.

The Friends of UNCW seek proposals for projects that will directly benefit your department but do not require substantial amounts of money. For fiscal year 2013, The Friends of UNCW received 35 grant requests from different departments totaling over $52,000. Twelve awards totaling $10,218.35 were awarded, with individual grant amounts ranging from $400 to $1,500. As in years past, the board anticipates receiving more requests than can be funded, but be assured their selection process involves careful study and evaluation of each proposal.

To apply for a grant, please check back at the beginning of the the Spring 2014 semester. The funding period for the current grants is July 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014; only projects and/or purchases that can be completed during this time frame will be considered. Also, all requests for funds must be approved by the Dean/Department Chair of your area to ensure that the request complies with the educational, research or service mission of the university.

Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2015

The fiscal year 2015 Friends of UNCW Grant Recipients were honored on May 8, 2014, at the annual Grants Award Coffee at Wise House.

The grants committee reviewed 32 grant proposals, with a combined value of more than $48,480. The committee members were pleased to recommend 15 grant proposals, which were partially or fully funded - totalling $11,833.90. Congratulations to the Friends of UNCW Grant Recipients!

Members- Fiscal Year 2014

Officers 2014-2015

Elizabeth Donald
Kathleen Craig
Vice President
Marcie Nance
Koula Katsikis
Janice Kingoff ’77
Advisor & Life
Louise Gorham ’59
Honorary Life
Linda Nance ’74
Honorary Life

Board of Directors
Mary Battle
Cynthia Boylan
Virginia Callaway
Mary Cheek
Elizabeth Dunn
Whitney Finley
Margaret Gates
Annie Gray Johnston
Linda Lawson
Marcie Nance
Michelle Parker
Jean Poole
Peggy Pancoe Rosoff
Janis Sass
Judy Smith
Leigh Venters ’88
Ellen Wells ’69
Margaret White
Brenda Wolff


Quotes from 2013-14 Grant Recipients

The ELMO TT-12 Interactive Document Camera was utilized in spring 2014 for BIO 358: Marine Mammals – a 95 student large lecture course. This piece of instructional technology added meaningfully to the engagement of BIO 315 students during class. The ELMO permitted me to display graphs, charts and data sets that the students had to annotate, analyze, reflect upon, and discuss in class. It also enhanced spontaneity in class, by providing an effective “go-to” technology to add student observations (and my feedback) into our shared class documents. The ELMO enhanced my ability to engage and effectively interact with my great BIO 358 students!

D. Ann Pabst, Biology and Marine Biology

As usual, we are very grateful to the Friends for helping us make the learning experience for our Animal Physiology students better. In these difficult times of declining operating budgets for classes and labs, it is becoming more challenging to provide hands-on exercises, with real experiments, for our students. Your grant helped us by allowing us to purchase two small volume pipetters, which the students use in their experiments examining exercise physiology in blue crabs.

Heather Koopman, Associate Professor, Biology and Marine Biology


The oxygen/acetylene welding outfit with extra connectors that was funded by the Friends of UNCW has had a great impact on the sculpture students. These tools are used in the Beginning Sculpture classes. Each student learns how to weld steel together using oxygen and acetylene gas. This takes a lot of practice. The biggest obstacle to practicing is not having enough time on the equipment. In the past, we were able to have 2 students welding at one time. With the addition of this equipment to the studio, we can have 4 students welding. This allows for more instruction and practice time. I have seen improvement in the students’ welding ability, a direct effect of having this new equipment.

Andi Steele, Associate Professor, Sculpture

Department of Art and Art History

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