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Seahawk of the Week - Q&A with alumna and donor Keturi Beatty '05

Keturi graduated in 2005 with degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish. She and her husband, Blair '04, live in Texas, where Keturi serves as the Senior Director of Development at the University of North Texas. UNCW is proud to recognize the Beattys as UNCW Society Ambassadors and Founding Members of the Clocktower Society.

What do you love most about UNCW?

I love everything about UNCW. I loved the professors. The quality of my professors was incredible (special shout out to Dr. David Weber and Valerie Rider!!!). They are passionate, dedicated, student focused, inspiring, and genuinely great people, too. Advising (Ginny Guerry is amazing) was supportive and encouraging, and I loved being involved in greek life (Go Chi O), club sports (Lacrosse) and being an orientation leader. I have such great memories from my time at UNCW- and who doesn't love being close to the beach!?

What organizations were you a part of as a student?

Chi Omega, Lacrosse Club Team, Orientation Leader, Seahawk Links (My friend Chris and I were the first leaders)

How did UNCW prepare you for your career?

So much about my Seahawk experience prepared me for my current role. The most significant factors that led to my current role was my experience as an orientation leader, and my capstone class with Dr. Weber in communication studies. I align passions, for a living. OLs do much of the same. They get new students excited about school, they connect them to their passions and interests at UNCW, and they are the champions and first impressions of the organization. I do the very same thing today. In addition, my capstone class with Dr. Weber taught me how to represent myself well, to network, and the value of informational interviews. I found my way to Development through a series of informational interviews. Thank you, Dr. Weber!!!

What is your favorite place in Wilmington?

Driving down Airlie Road (our daughter is named Airlie after Airlie Road) on our way to the beach.

What has motivated your generous and loyal support?

I give back to UNCW because I am profoundly grateful for my education, and I want to pay it forward and strengthen the experience for current students generations of future Seahawks. I didn't say it first, but I'll agree that "only the educated are free." I get happy every time I make a gift to UNCW - huge giant smile- because I know I'm making someone else happy in the process. My heart is teal.

What would you say to encourage other alumni to make an annual gift to UNCW?

Giving back is a tangible indicator of school strength. I know that UNCW alumni are so proud to be Seahawks, and grateful for UNCW's impact on their lives. Giving back is a way to raise your hand and say "yes! I believe in UNCW. I love this place. I am grateful for my experience. And I want UNCW to stay strong." Giving back is a part of school spirit, school pride, and paying it forward.

For more information about Keturi, please visit the site for her upcoming webinar.

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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