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February Seahawk Sweethearts of the Week -
Q & A with Sonya '96 and Trent '91 Mongero

Sonya and Trent hit a home run last year when they won the 2014 Seahawk Sweethearts Homecoming contest. We are thrilled to feature them again this year as our Seahawks of the week. Please enjoy getting to know them a little more from their responses below:

How did you two meet?

Sonya- We first were introduced through Dr. Bennett in his office!  The next day in class, Dr. Bennett delivered a note from Trent to me, basically asking me out.  I did not respond to the note.  TWO years later, we were introduced again through a mutual friend at a UNCW baseball game.  Two months later, we were engaged, and six months later we were married!  “Love at second sight”!

Trent - Ditto

What do you love most about UNCW?

Sonya - I love that UNCW is close to the beach!  I also love that even though the campus has grown, it still has a very personable feel to it!  Of course, I am a big UNCW Baseball fan!  We follow their season very closely!

Trent – Of the many things I love about this great University… proximity to the beach, gorgeous campus, first class education, etc….the baseball program is what is closest to my heart.  Brooks field was a place where we worked as a team to represent UNCW on the diamond.  It was an honor to play baseball for the Seahawks.

What organizations were you a part of as a student?

Sonya -I worked as a LIVEWELL student representative, and I was a member of NCAAHPERD (North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance.

Trent – I was a member of our baseball team in 1989-90.

How did UNCW prepare you for your career?

Sonya-I learned many leadership skills at UNCW, and I was always positively motivated by many of my professors.

Trent – I can’t create a list long enough to share just how much UNCW prepared me for my adult life.  I am a high school teacher and head baseball coach.  UNCW invested in me so I now can invest in others.  It is a great way to pay it forward.

What do you like to do best when you visit campus?

Sonya-I love to go back to the PE department and visit with Dr. Bennett!  He has a special place in both of our hearts!

Trent – Living in Georgia (about 8hrs away from UNCW), and having two kids in high school, we don’t get back to campus nearly as much as we would like. When visiting campus I like to go to the baseball field and visit with Coach Mark Scalf and Coach Randy Hood.  Coach Scalf was my infield coach when I played, and I actually played against Coach Hood who attended Campbell.  Just walking the baseball venue takes me back to a great time in my life.

What is your favorite memory from UNCW?

Sonya- My favorite memory of UNCW was being nominated as a candidate for the NCAAHPERD Student Major President.  I was elected as the President of the Student Major Association and served two years on the NCAAHPERD board.  I was able to achieve this by the support of Dr. Bennett and my fellow PE Majors!  It was an honor to represent all PE Majors in NC and to initiate the first ever NCAHPERD Student Major Conference at UNCW!

Trent – My favorite memory of UNCW was in 1989 when our Seahawk baseball team headed up to Greenville, NC on the last weekend of the regular season to play our fierce rival “the ECU Pirates” for the CAA regular season championship. We took 2 out of three games from them, in dramatic fashion, to finish the CAA regular season with only one conference loss (swept every CAA opponent and won 2-3 from ECU),  and we were CAA Regular Season Champions! 

How do you stay connected with UNCW?

Sonya- Facebook has been huge in being able to stay connected with alumni and current events that are happening at UNCW!  The 2013 Valentine Seahawk Sweetheart Contest reignited my love for UNCW!

Trent – I stay in contact with most of my former teammates and friends through social media.  My best friend in life, Mike Byers, was also a former teammate and roommate of mine.  We talk regularly and want great things for UNCW.  I also reach out to Dr. Bennett (PE Dept.) a couple times a year.  In addition, I run into Coach Scalf here and there as we both speak and instruct at baseball functions.  Alumni weekend is also a great way to re-connect with old friends.

Why do you continue to support UNCW?

Sonya- Trent and I are both teachers, so it is hard to make a substantial financial contribution.  However, we are constantly introducing ALL the students we teach to UNCW!  We live in Georgia, and many of them are not aware of just how wonderful UNCW is!  We are volunteer recruiters!

Trent – We believe in UNCW!  It is a place that changed our lives, and the lives of so many others, for the better.  As a high school baseball coach in Georgia, I regularly cross paths with talented players who have the potential to possibly become future Seahawks.  I try to support the university by sharing the names of these baseball prospects with Coach Scalf and Coach Hood.  For example, I was blessed to coach two very talented high school baseball players (when I coached at Laney HS in Wilmington) who went on to play baseball at UNCW and made huge contributions to the Seahawk program.  UNCW baseball now gives annual awards in each of their names…..The Bryan Britt and Ronald “Bear” Hill awards. 

I would love to be able to one day come back and help as a coach at UNCW.

If you could describe UNCW in one word, what would it be?


Trent – “Grand-slam”

University Advancement Welcomes New Associate Vice Chancellor

Christy WardThe division is excited to welcome Christy Ward as the new Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. Christy was selected at the culmination of a national search for potential candidates, and she will work within the University Advancement leadership team to develop strategies and initiatives in support of the University’s philanthropic priorities. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership for programs in Advancement Services, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations and Parent Giving. Christy will often represent the division on behalf of Vice Chancellor Eddie Stuart in relationships with university leaders including other vice chancellors, deans and directors as well as in a variety of institutional capacities.

Christy joins us from the Hoag Hospital Foundation in Newport Beach, California, where she served as a Director of Development for the Hoag Neurosciences Institute. She also served as the Senior Director of Development at the George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics at Chapman University. Prior to that position, she was a Major Gifts Officer in the Western US for the University of North Carolina Foundation.

"With her enthusiastic and collaborative approach to philanthropy, she is a great addition to our advancement team and university leadership. I look forward to introducing her to the university community in the next few weeks and well into the New Year," said Eddie Stuart, UNCW Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.

Christy is a native of Wilmington, and she has looked forward to bringing her husband, son and daughter back to her hometown 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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