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November Seahawk of the Week -
Q&A with Dr. Leslie Hossfeld '83

Leslie has many ties to our Seahawk Family. Along with graduating from UNCW, she also created the Public Sociology program at the university and is now the Department Chair of Sociology and Criminology. She is a steward of our community and through her passion developed the WHA-UNCW Community Partnership based at Hillcrest Community, where the Public Sociology program resides, and an economic development initiative, Feast Down East, which provides access to healthy, affordable food for everyone and supports limited-resource farmers. Feast Down East and Campus Dining are key partners of this month’s Hawks for Hunger campaign where they are providing a meal for each gift UNCW receives.

We had a chance to catch up with Leslie at the new sustainability wall in Wag to ask a few questions.

What do you want people to remember about Feast Down East?

It’s about economic development. It’s about tackling poverty in our very high poverty counties outside of New Hanover County and our high poverty neighborhoods within New Hanover County. You go over any bridge outside of Wilmington and into rural North Carolina and the history of that is deep, persistent poverty. We also have a rich agricultural history. We’re really focusing on that sector to build the farm business of our small-scale family farmers that are the history of this region. And in doing that, we’re making sure there is a multiplier affect that ripples through the economy, ensuring those dollars are growing and staying in the region.

What do you love most about UNCW?

Truthfully, the grounds are physically stunning. I love walking it. The physical attributes are incredible and complimented by the way the new architecture keeps the same design. The physical place makes for a very happy place, so people are happy when they are here.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

I’ll come here on the weekends and walk. I’ll walk around the lake. The birdlife is incredible. After meetings I will go over there and sit. I guess that’s where I gravitate.

What is your favorite aspect about being a faculty member at your alma mater?

Working with students is fantastic because they’ve been involved in every aspect of this project (Feast Down East). They are doing interviews, data analysis, planning programs; they are running programs. One of my grad students created the food sovereignty program at Rankin Terrace. It gives me a lot of pride working with students who just jump into community work and thrive, and, make a difference.


Alumni Relations Welcomes New Leadership

The Division for University Advancement is excited to announce that Lindsay LeRoy has been named Director of Alumni Relations. This selection comes as result of a national search. In April 2014, Lindsay began serving as the Interim Director of Alumni Relations and her work has given Lindsay further perspective and experience necessary to permanently fulfil the duties of director. Lindsay had served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Chapter Management since 2008. While in that role, she focused on building and managing our Alumni Association’s regional chapter program. Under her leadership, this program has encouraged record numbers of alumni to become engaged in our events and mission, as well as developed lasting relationships.

Prior to joining UNCW, Lindsay worked at the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, Office of Career Management focusing on Employee Development. In this role, she worked closely with alumni hiring officials to develop career recruiting relationships.

Lindsay earned her B.A. in Advertising/Public Relations from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association and Ski Team. She and her husband Keith have a three-year-old daughter, Violet.

We would like to thank the search committee for their hard work during this process: Claire Stanley, Chair, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Donor Relations; Dr. Terry Curran, Associate Provost; Stefanie Mancuso, Assistant Director of Arts & Programs; Bethany Thurston ‘10, Assistant Director of Development for Athletics; and Alumni Association Board Members William Vaughan ’92 and Wallace West ’63.


October Seahawk of the Week-
Q&A with Elaine Andrews '10M

Elaine graduated in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in accountancy from the Cameron School of Business. As a member of the UNCW Society, she not only donates to the university, but also generously volunteers her time as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Most recently, she served as chair of the Events Committee for Family and Alumni Weekend. She and her husband John are the owners of South Beach Grill.

How do you stay involved with UNCW?

I stay involved by participating in the many things UNCW has to offer including attending sporting events, Alumni Weekend events, movies and even speaking at Business Week. I am involved as a Member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Cameron School of Business Steering Committee.

Why do you enjoy being involved?

I love the feeling I get when I'm at an event and talking with current students who are so excited about their school.

What do you love most about UNCW?

There are so many things I love about UNCW. The students, the faculty, the growing campus and great education. I also love the way the community embraces the school.

How did UNCW prepare you for your career?

I already had a career when I attended UNCW, but my Master's Degree has helped to broaden my knowledge in Accountancy and open more doors of opportunity for me.

What is your favorite place in Wilmington?

My boat on the Intracoastal Waterway and South Beach Grill (OK, I'm a little biased)

Why do you support UNCW by making annual gifts?

I support UNCW for many reasons. First, as a community member I feel UNCW is a great asset to our community and should be supported. As a graduate, I feel it is important to give back to my school so others can benefit from the great education. I've also seen the great progress that has been made on campus and in the student offerings. It gives me a sense of pride to know that in some way I have helped UNCW achieve this. Lastly, I have had wonderful students calling me each year asking for my help with a donation. They are always excited to receive a donation, even as little as $25 has been met with great cheerfulness. I enjoy having conversations with these students and talking to them about their experience at UNCW. I know they work hard and their enthusiasm for UNCW shows.

Why should fellow alumni support UNCW?

It's because of past support that UNCW has been able to provide us with such a great education and experience. Fellow alumni should support UNCW to help support future students in the same way.

Anything else you would like to share?

I recently purchased a UNCW t-shirt at Dick's Sporting Goods and when I went to checkout, the cashier smiled and said "Go Seahawks!" And then we talked about our favorite Seahawk shirts. That just shows how UNCW is a big part of our community.

continuing a legacy - Kiwanis Celebrates 50 Years of Scholarships

For the last 50 years, the Wilmington Kiwanis Club has graciously provided Kiwanis scholarship recipientsscholarships to UNCW students. The Club estimates it has given more than $194,000 in scholarship funds since 1964 and impacted the lives of more than 80 students. For the 2014-15 academic year, the Kiwanis Club has awarded 2014 George H. Chadwick, Jr. Memorial Scholarships to four students from the New Hanover County School System. The amount awarded is more than $12,100.

The university was honored to host the Kiwanis Club for their meeting and annual scholarship awards luncheon in May. Past scholarship recipients and UNCW alumni, Rebecca Blackmore ’75, Patrick Boykin ’94, Janie McAuliffe ’07 and Savannah Lee Valade ’14 spoke at the event about how the scholarship funding positively impacted their educational experience at UNCW and ultimately their careers.

Through fund raising efforts such as the Annual Pancake Day, the Wilmington Kiwanis Club contributes over $25,000 per year to organizations that support our youth. Since 1964 (50 yrs), the Club has been awarding scholarships to New Hanover County high school seniors to attend UNCW.

The George H. Chadwick, Jr. Memorial Scholarships are named after George H. Chadwick, Jr. who was a native of Wilmington who graduated in the Class of 1938 from New Hanover High School and attended Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tenn. for one year before joining the Army Air Force. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the Air Force with rank of captain. Upon his return to civilian life in Wilmington, Mr. Chadwick became a very active member in our community serving as chairman of several prominent Boards. He founded and was President of George Chadwick Insurance Agency.

Mr. Chadwick joined the Wilmington Kiwanis Club in 1955. He served as the Club President in 1967. He loved young people and wanted to do whatever was possible to help students receive their education. He realized and understood the importance of education and never wanted finances to keep a young man or woman from getting a college degree. In 1978, when Mr. Chadwick died at the early age of 57 after an extended illness, he was serving as chairman of the Club’s scholarship committee. The Club honored his service by naming the Kiwanis scholarships in his memory.

A special thanks to Randy Peebles, Wilmington Kiwanis Club, for the information contributed to this article. Additional Information: Offical Kiwanis Press Release

inspiring our students - Holt Oil Company, CStore, Raises Funds for Scholarship

Hannah Holt, UNCW Foundation Board Member and owner of CStore Holt Oil Company, presents a check to UNCW to support the Holt Oil Company Fellowship inHolt check Public Administration, which is a merit scholarship to benefit students in the program who demonstrate academic ability and special achievement. The scholarship is named in memory of Hannah's father, Charles B.C. Holt who was a nature lover and advocate for land conservation who served in the North Carolina House of Representatives. This summer, Holt Oil Company, CStore, sponsored its 12th annual golf tournament to benefit the North Caroline Coastal Land Trust (NCCLT) and this scholarship at UNCW. With 20 teams participating, the event raised $14,000 for the NCCLT and $5,000 for this scholarship.

making a difference - Newly Named Commercial Realty Room

UNCW is honored to recognize J. Robert "Bob" Fullerton, John F. Hinrichs and Charles A. "Chad" Paul III for their generous contributions to UNCW. In appreciation for their support, the Commercial Realty Room was named and dedicated on Monday, May 19, 2014. The space, located in room #1023 in the Herbert and Sylvia Fisher Student Center, is utilized often by students, faculty, staff and community members.

The Commercial Realty Room Endowment was created by Bob, John and Chad inphoto of Commercial Realty Donors recognition of their love for UNCW and the Wilmington community, their lifelong friendship with the Fisher family, and in memory of Chad's father, Charles A. "Chuck" Paul, Jr. The fund will be used to provide support for the Division of Student Affairs.

This generous endowment will assist UNCW in continuing to provide stellar student programing and help Student Affairs achieve its vision to help students create experiences for life.

"The generous gifts from Bob, John and Chad will undoubtedly help us continue to provide such experiences," explains Dean of Students Mike Walker. "The earnings from this endowment will give us the ability to supplement programs and support our mission to facilitate the academic and personal success of UNCW students and engage them in opportunities, experiences, and services designed to promote lifelong learning."

Chad's dedication to UNCW is also demonstrated through his leadership and service on the Foundation Board Executive Committee, Cameron School of Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board as well as serving as chairman of the Cameron School of Business Executive Advisory Board. Chad is also a mentor to students through the Cameron Executive Network.

This endowment is truly making a difference on the UNCW campus!

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