Seahawk Spotlight - April 2009 - Vol. 8 No. 1
Welcome to UNCW's monthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends, bringing you news about the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the UNCW Alumni Association.

Alumni News


  • Triangle Area Alumni Chapter Spring Mixer – 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 30. UNCW alumni and friends are welcome to enjoy complimentary appetizers at the Red Room in Raleigh.
  • Commencement Celebration – 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Wise Alumni House. All graduates and their families are invited to enjoy refreshments and celebrate their achievements! Registration is required.
  • Senior Sankofa – 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, Education Building
  • 11th Annual Grand Slam Jam – 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. First pitch against East Carolina is at 7 p.m. at Brooks Field.
  • Wilmington College Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, Jackson's Big Oak BBQ
  • Watson School of Education Alumni Chapter Meeting – Thursday, May 21

UNCW alumni are on Facebook! Share the fun of catching up with old friends. Or for networking opportunities, check out the UNCW Alumni official LinkedIn group.

Campus News

Chancellor DePaolo, Walter Palmer and statue

Like its sister institutions in the University of North Carolina system, the UNCW is facing potential and significant budget reductions in the 2009-11 state biennium budget. While the exact amount of funding to be lost is not yet known, the university expects that its state appropriations could be reduced by as much as 7 percent. However, through early preparation and strategic planning, UNCW has managed its approach to the state budget reduction process since September 2008, and plans to minimize the impact on the academic core through work realignment, restructuring of positions and managing current vacancies.

Cathy Barlow, dean of the Watson School of Education, has agreed to serve as interim provost, effective May 11. She will replace Brian Chapman who resigned to pursue other interests.

Building on a foundation of school spirit, UNCW celebrated its first Teal Day March 26, proclaiming teal for as the university's official school color. The celebration included the signing of the Teal Declaration and the unveiling of a new spirit rock. The 13.5-ton rock is located at the intersection of Walton and Price drives across from the Student Recreation Center.

While times are tough, invest in something that will last a lifetime. The 10th annual UNCW Stompin' at the Savoy fundraiser, created to support merit scholarships for in-state, academically talented students who indicate an interest in diversity concerns, will be held 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Burney Center. Tickets are $50 for the general public and $25 for UNC Wilmington faculty and staff.

UNCW IN THE NEWS – Check here for weekly highlights of where the University of North Carolina Wilmington, it's faculty, staff, alumni and programs have made the headlines across the country.

Seahawk Sports news

Perhaps it is only fitting Mark Scalf passed his mentor, Bill Brooks, as the UNCW baseball team's career leader in coaching wins. Scalf picked up the historic win as UNCW downed William & Mary 10-4 on April 10 at Brooks Field.

Brandon Sizemore doubled twice, homered and drove in four runs as the College of Charleston knocked off UNC Wilmington, 10-6, in college baseball action on Wednesday at Patriots Point. The Cougars snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 22-13. UNCW, meanwhile, fell to 21-13. Coach Scalf talks about the Charleston game.

The women’s tennis team has joined the Seahawk men’s squad in the weekly Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings for the first time in the program’s history. Coach Jenny Garrity’s team, ranked No. 69 among NCAA Division I schools, begins play in the Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships early Friday in Norfolk, Va., with a quarterfinal matchup against Old Dominion. The Seahawks stand 19-2 overall and 5-2 in the CAA.

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CAREER ASSISTANCE – Alumni can access the services and resources of the UNCW Career Center in the University Union, Room 2035, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or use special drop-in hours for quick questions 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual questions can be asked by phone (910.962.3174) or e-mail
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UNCW TEAL RAINBOWS are available exclusively at the UNCW Bookstore. Call 910.962.3188 for more information.

DRESS LIKE A SEAHAWK – View a photo gallery of local merchants who carry licensed UNCW products and the items they have available. Other links: UNCW Bookstore | online store | UNCW Seahawks Croakies are available for $4.95 only at Dittos in the Fisher University Union.

Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) rates have declined to an all-time low, but the silver lining for UNCW alumni and friends is a provision by the IRS allowing donors to select rates as far back as three months from the date of an intended charitable gift. Because CGA payout rates are determined by your age, the older you are, the higher the payout rate. For example, if you are 68 and have monies invested in CDs or securities that are paying a 2 percent yield, your CGA rate would be 6 percent of your invested amount. In addition, a portion of your income stream will receive tax-preferential treatment for the remainder of your expected lifetime, either in the form of capital gain distribution, tax-free income or a combination of the two. Talk with us confidentially and allow us to show you how to plan your gifts to charity. Contact Herb Bailey CFRE, director of planned giving, at 910.962.3214 or

ADMISSIONS – UNCW is one of the South’s best public undergraduate teaching institutions as evidenced by a high demand from talented students seeking admission, national recognition and growth in regionally relevant programs such as marine science, gerontology, psychology, public administration and film studies.




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Summer camps – From sports to science, UNCW offers a variety of summer camps for youth of all ages.

Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, the “Paris of South America,” with Denise DiPuccio, assistant provost of international programs at UNCW. For details, click here. (pdf)

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMSMcEachern Speaker Series | Women on Wednesdays | Ocean Odyssey | Pathways Courses | Summer Nights Under the Stars


UNCW Jazz Combos – 7:30 p.m. April 17, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

Poetry Readings – 6 p.m. April 17 Fisher University Union, Room 2021

Oozeball – 9 a.m. April 18, gazebo fields (Multimedia presentation of 2008 event)

Laura Olsen, soprano – 7:30 p.m. April 18, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

UNCW Concert Choir and Chamber Singers – 7:30 p.m. April 19, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

Concert on the Commons featuring Blount Harvey –April 22

Our American Cousin – 8 p.m. April 23-25, 2 p.m. April 26 and 8 p.m. April 27, Mainstage Theatre, Cultural Arts Building.

Ninth Annual UNCW Jazz Scholarship Concert – 7:30 p.m. April 24, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

ACE Presents: Citizen Cope with Vanessa Carlton and Annuals – April 25

Geoff Gilliken, classical guitarist – 7:30 p.m. April 25, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – 8 p.m. April 25, Kenan Auditorium

Laura Johnston, saxophone – 7:30 p.m. April 26, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

Department of Music Honors Recital – 7:30 p.m. April 27, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

UNCW Wind Symphony – 7:30 p.m. April 28, Kenan Auditorium

Alison Brown Quartet – 8 p.m. April 17, Kenan Auditorium

Daedalus Quartet – 7:30 p.m. May 3, Cultural Arts Building, Beckwith Recital Hall

North Carolina Symphony – 8 p.m. May 15, Kenan Auditorium

UNCW Jazz Speaks: Percussion Summit – 7:30 p.m. May 15, Cultural Arts Building, Beckwith Recital Hall


Gran Torino – 7 and 10 p.m. April 17. $4 non-students

The Wrestler – 7 and 10 p.m. April 18. $4 non-students

Planet in Peril, Part 2 – 7 p.m. April 21

ACE Blockbuster Film – TBA – 7 and 10 p.m. April 24. $4 non-students