Seahawk Spotlight
June 2009 | Volume 8 | No. 3
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

Alumni After Work – Thursday, July 16 – Join alumni at Dockside from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to unwind on the waterfront after the day at work.

Grand Slam JamPlay ball! – More than 100 Seahawk baseball fans, made up of alumni and friends, gathered on the left field deck at Brooks Field to cheer on our UNCW baseball team as they took on the East Carolina Pirates. As the event got started, guests were greeted by Coach Mark Scalf who mingled his way through the crowd and gave everyone some inside tips on the UNCW team. Seahawk alumni enjoyed hot dogs (a ballpark favorite) and extras, generously donated by Parchies. The UNCW Alumni Association ordered the beautiful weather that kept smiles on everyone’s faces and everyone had a great time! Check out the photos!

Durham Bulls alumni eventDurham Bulls picnic – The Triangle Alumni Chapter will be sponsoring the next Durham Bulls picnic on Sunday, August 16 at 4 p.m. Sure to be a home run for fans, this event is a tradition for all Seahawks. Details and registration can be found online.

Calling all nominations – Award nominations are sought for the Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards. Alumni are selected from more than 50,000 eligible for this recognition, and we need you to be active in the nomination process. The deadline for nominations is July 15. Please note, there is a different nomination form and criteria for each award.

Dorothy Marshall
Dorothy Marshall is pictured with alumni director Rob McInturf, left, and Jim Medlin ’52, Wilmington College Alumni president.

Graduates of Wilmington College honor Dorothy P. Marshall – On April 15 at Jackson's Big Oak BBQ, the Wilmington College Alumni Chapter honored retired UNCW faculty and staff member, Dorothy P. Marshall for her continued commitment to the university. Student ambassador William Henley joined the event to share with the alumni a student's perspective of UNCW today.

Wilmington College Alumni lunch – Wednesday, July 15 – Wilmington College Alumni meet at 11:30 a.m. in the banquet room at Jackson's Big Oak BBQ.

Campus News

SENC economyFollowing virtually no growth during 2008, the local economy of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties is forecast to expand by approximately one percent over 2009 and three percent over 2010. William W. "Woody" Hall Jr., senior economist with the Center for Business and Economic Services at UNCW's Cameron School of Business, noted that actual economic growth in the local area for 2008 of 0.75 percent came in at about half of that initially forecast, largely due to declines in several measures of local economic activity over the last three quarters of the year. In particular, after removing seasonal variation and adjusting for inflation, retail sales fell, as did employment and sales of existing single family residential structures. Area unemployment rates are at levels not seen in at least 15 years. Conference powerpoint presentation (pdf)

UNCW has taken a number of steps to address significant budget reductions it is anticipating for the upcoming biennium. One of those steps includes reassigning some employees, whose jobs otherwise would have been eliminated from a reduction in force (RIF), to positions that have become vacant over the past several months.

The newly created Soaring Seahawk sculpture at UNCW was dedicated June 12 at Belk Plaza in front of Hoggard Hall on Wagoner Drive. Irwin Belk, the Charlotte philanthropist who commissioned the sculpture as a personal gift to the university, was in attendance. With a 20-foot wingspan, the artwork designed by Wilmington artist Dumay Gorham III is believed to be the largest Seahawk, or osprey, sculpture in the world. Photo gallery

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

UNCW’s Josh Brock fashioned a nine-over 79 in the second round and missed the cut on Saturday at the U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park Black Course. Brock finished his first appearance at the Open with a two-round total of 83-79=162.
Wilmington Star-News Coverage
July 19 | July 17
Podcast of interview

Nominations are being sought for the eighth induction of the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame, scheduled to take place early in 2010. The Hall of Fame honors former student-athletes, coaches and administrators at the institution. Thirty-two individuals have been honored at seven inductions since the Hall of Fame was established in 1998, including the inaugural inductee, former coach and athletic director William J. Brooks.

Rising junior Caitlin Kirsteier won the 50-meter butterfly in a pool record time of 27.45 at the Capital City Invite as she prepares for the US Open later this summer in Federal Way, Wash. Kirsteier moved into the World’s Top 100 with the performance and posted the seventh best time by an American this year. She also set a pool record in winning the 100 fly with a time of 1:01.88 later in the meet.

UNCW's Surf Club made history at the 2009 National Scholastic Surfing Association Championships with the best finish of any East Coast school in the history of the competition. The team placed second after competing in a sudden death surf-off against some of the top collegiate surfers in the nation during the competition held last week in Salt Creek, Calif. Ben Powell (pictured) finished second and his brother, Mike Powell, placed third in the college men's division while Drake Courie placed fifth in the college longboard division.


Summer Nights Under the Stars - The Schoolboys perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 27 in the Cultural Arts Building. Ticket price includes wine and cheese reception.

Free Tuesday lunch concerts – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hawk’s Nest:

  • June 30 – Organix
  • July 7 – Key Lime Pie
  • July 14 – Union County
  • July 21 – Island Creek

2009-10 Arts in Action Performances


Other links


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

MAKE YOUR GIFT COUNT THIS YEAR - PARTICIPATE BY JUNE 30 – Alumni and friends who contribute to UNCW provide much more than financial assistance. Each gift represents your confidence in the university and its commitment to provide students with the most powerful learning experience possible. You have the opportunity, right now, to make a difference at UNCW. Make sure your participation is counted before the end of the university's fiscal year, June 30. You can make your gift online or you may call 910.962.3751 or 866.468.6291 to contribute. If you have already given this year, thank you for your loyalty to UNCW. 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 | 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.