Seahawk Spotlight
August 2009 | Volume 8 | No. 5

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

ONLINE NETWORKING MAKING STRIDES
The month of July marked significant growth in the alumni's social networking groups. The Facebook page has reached more than 2,000 fans and the LinkedIn group has surpassed 1,000 members! New for LinkedIn are subgroups that have been created for regional chapters, AAGA and Wilmington College. Take a look!

Alumni enjoy the DocksideALUMNI AFTER WORK – SUMMER EDITION
Despite the threatening weather, Seahawks were not deterred from hitting Dockside after work on July 16! Close to 70 people attended the Alumni After Work – Summer Edition. Alumni mingled with each other while enjoying evening drink specials and a variety of appetizers generously donated by Dockside. The evening was so much fun that almost everyone stayed beyond the event to enjoy each other’s company and the summer night view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Check out photos!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • Wilmington College Luncheon – Sept. 16 – Each month Wilmington College Alumni meet at Jackson's Big Oak BBQ for lunch.
  • Alumni at Mayfaire's Music on the Town – 6 p.m. to dark Aug. 21 – Stop by our tent and say hello to friends and fellow UNCW grads at Mayfaire’s Music on the Town, featuring music from The Schoolboys. The concert event is free and open to the general public on the Mayfaire event lawn behind Ulta and World Market from 6 p.m. until dark. Just bring a blanket or chairs and pack your cooler and picnic basket. This event is also pet friendly.
  • Triad Area Alumni Chapter Interest Meeting – UNCW alumni in the Triad area will be enjoying dinner at the Greensboro Country Club on Sept. 17. Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo will be the keynote speaker and will highlight plans for the upcoming year.

2009 Fall Family & Alumni Weekend – Mark your calendars for Oct. 16-18, a weekend filled with activities for alumni, students and parents. It kicks off with a wine and cheese reception before Midnite Madness and includes reunions for the classes of 1999, 1984 and 1949-59 and the legacy pinning ceremony. Registration for the events should be available online by the end of August.

Campus News

US News Best Colleges 2010UNCW SCORES HIGH RANKING
U.S.News & World Report has ranked UNCW as one of the top 10 public master's universities in the South. The university has been named to this elite listing every year for the past 12 years. Among the 117 public and private universities in the South that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's level programs, UNCW is ranked 12th, up from 14th in 2009. And, for the second straight year, UNCW is on the list of 16 "up-and-coming" master's universities in the South.

Other recent top rankings have included:

STUDENTS WELCOMED BACK TO CAMPUS
Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo discusses what's in store for the new school year at UNCW with Encore magazine.

Michael Shiver gets sworn in as a UNCW trusteeKINSTON NATIVE APPOINTED
TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Michael Shivar, president of Kinston Insurance Service Agency Inc., has been named to the UNCW Board of Trustees.

GRANT EMPOWERS LOCAL SCHOOLS, UNCW TO TEACH BETTER AMERICAN HISTORY
To combat the escalating lack of history literacy among Americans, the three-year collaborative project Teaching American History in North Carolina focuses on improving the teaching and learning of traditional American history in southeastern North Carolina.

$15 MILLION GRANT FOR MARINE BIOTECH FACILITY
The UNCW Center for Marine Science was awarded a $15 million matching grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the construction of a new Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) facility.

SCIENTISTS DELVE INTO MYSTERIES OF THE DEEP
Steve Ross, research associate professor at UNCW'S Center for Marine Science, is chief scientist for four major cruises from North Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico. He is joined by an international and multiagency team of scientists.
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DONORS CONTINUE TO GIVE DESPITE DOWNTURN
During fiscal year 2008-09, UNCW received more than $11.2 million in philanthropic support, despite the economic downturn and a nationwide decrease in average giving to colleges and universities.

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

Seahawk Sports news

PLANS SET FOR COLLEGIATE TENNIS INVITATIONAL
UNCW will be joined by players from nine other schools when the fifth UNCW Collegiate Tennis Invitational runs Sept. 11-13 at the Country Club of Landfall's Drysdale Tennis Center.

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SOCCER PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN LEAGUE
Defending Colonial Athletic Association men's soccer regular season champion UNC Wilmington has been picked to finish fourth in the league's preseason poll. The women's soccer team also has been picked to finish fourth in the upcoming CAA regular-season standings.

YeeYEE JOINS SEAHAWK SWIMMING STAFF
Head swimming and diving coach Dave Allen has announced the addition of Suzanne Yee to his coaching staff for the 2009-10 season. Yee comes to the program after serving as an assistant coach on the staffs at Washington State and California.

stanley named to all-cape cod league team
Junior catcher Cody Stanley was named to the All-Cape Cod Baseball League team after helping lead Cotuit to the championship series last week. He finished the summer season with a .299 batting average in the pitching-dominated league and collected 11 extra base hits, including nine doubles. He fashioned a .409 on base average and a .443 slugging percentage.

SOCCER PLAYER FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Stephanie Rose of Jacksonville, a freshman soccer player, was one of six people featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the Aug. 24 issue of Sports Illustrated.

CAA HONORS RHOADS
Former UNCW runner Laura Rhoads was named to the Colonial Athletic Association's Silver Anniversary cross country team. She is one of 25 former CAA cross country standouts who are part of the league's Silver Anniversary celebration.

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UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION

Want to HIRE A SEAHAWK for a job or internship? Register online and post your listings free of charge. Questions? Call 910.962.3174.

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 careercenter@uncw.edu.

DONORS CONTINUE TO GIVE TO UNCW – During fiscal year 2008-09, UNCW received more than $11.2 million in philanthropic support, despite the economic downturn and a nationwide decrease in average giving to colleges and universities. While this amount reflects a 19 percent decrease from the $13.8 million received in fiscal year 2007-08, a record-breaking year for the university, it is a smaller decrease than UNCW officials expected, given the state of the economy. In addition, the number of UNCW donors remained the same during the last two fiscal years. MORE

You can make your gift online or you may call 910.962.3751 or 866.468.6291 to contribute. Your support is sincerely appreciated!

teal rainbowsUNCW TEAL RAINBOWS are available at the UNCW Bookstore and selected Wilmington area merchants. 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 | UNCWsports.com online store | UNCW Seahawk Croakies are available for $4.95 only at Dittos in the Fisher University Union.

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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Read the summer issue of the Insider, the Cameron School of Business online magazine.


Events

The Cameron School of Business Executive Certificate Program offers affordable, quality business training for professionals seeking to advance business knowledge and skills. Classes will be 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9 through Nov. 23. Alumni receive a 10 percent discount off total price. Visit www.uncw.edu/bcert for more information and to register.

Arts in Action

Leadership Lecture Series

ACE Comedy Kick-Off – 7 p.m. Aug. 29, Burney Center

Silents Please! – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Randall Library Auditorium

"From Kings to Cousins" – Costumes constructed by the faculty and students of the UNCW Department of Theatre. Through Sept. 8, Boseman Gallery.

Chris Abani, "Stories of Struggle, Stories of Hope: Politics, Art and Human Rights” – 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Kenan Auditorium

Author Rory Freedman – 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Burney Center.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Opening Night: Grieg, Berwald and Sibelius – 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Kenan Auditorium.


LUMINA THEATER

Angels & Demons – 7 and 10 p.m. Aug. 21. Free

The Soloist – 8 p.m. Aug. 22. $4

Everything's Cool – 7 p.m. Aug. 24. Free

Dear & Yonder: Daring Stories of Ladies United by the Sea – 7 p.m. Aug. 26. Free

Star Trek – 7 and 10 p.m. Aug. 28. $4

The Proposal – 7 and 10 p.m. Sept. 4. $4

Fanboys – 8 p.m. Sept. 5. $4

Terminator Salvation – 7 and 10 p.m. Sept. 11. $4

Absurdistan – 8 p.m. Sept. 12. $4

Godly Decisions – 5 p.m. Sept. 13. $10