Seahawk SpotlightMay 2009 | Volume 8 | No. 2

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 AWARDS NOMINATIONS SOUGHTalumni awards nomination
Award nominations are sought for the Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards. The deadline for nominations is July 15. Please note, there is a different nomination form and criteria for each award. Recipients will be recognized during Homecoming 2010.

HELP NEEDED TO PLAN 1984 AND 1999 REUNIONS
Would you like to help with your class reunion? Committee members will participate in spreading awareness about the reunion and reach out directly to their classmates.  There will be a minimal time commitment.  The 25- and 10-year reunions will be held during Fall Family and Alumni Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 17. For more information contact Kim Gargiulo at 910.962.2587.

SEAHAWKS FLOCK TO ALUMNI EVENTS
More than 300 alumni have attended events on campus and in their local areas in the last month. Don’t miss the excitement! Coming up next is an Alumni After Work in July, the Durham Bulls Picnic in August and the Triad Area Alumni Chapter interest meeting in September. More can be found on the Alumni Events Calendar.

WSE Alumni reception.Watson School of Education Alumni Chapter Meeting
5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, School of Education Building, Room 162. Guest speaker: Shirley Prince ’74, ’87M, 2008 Distinguished Alumna of the Year.

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. While you're online, visit UNCW's official Facebook and YouTube sites and check out alumni photos on Flickr.

Campus News

UNCW PARTNER IN $22.5 MILLION AWARD
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a five-year, $22.5 million award for a new cooperative institute, which will be headquartered at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, Fla., and co-managed by UNCW. The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology is a consortium; limited partners are SRI International in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the University of Miami, Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami, Fla. The consortium will coordinate the work and resources of all of the member organizations for the purpose of advancing NOAA's priorities.

AT&T SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS PROGRAM
UNCW received $25,000 from AT&T to support scholarships for students and a prestigious awards program that recognizes advocates for the state's children and youth. John Lyon, AT&T regional director of external affairs, presented a check for $20,000 to Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo on April 20, and later added $5,000 to the gift, which was announced at this year's Stompin' at the Savoy scholarship fundraising event.

CHANCELLOR DEPAOLO HONORED
Rosemary DePaolo was chosen as a 2009 recipient of a Woman of Achievement Award from the General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina.

Len LecciLECCI HONORED FOR TEACHING
Psychology professor Len Lecci, a researcher in the area of factors that influence decision making in health and legal settings, was a 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. The award, presented by the UNC Board of Governors, includes a commemorative bronze medallion and a $7,500 cash prize.

BIOTECH CENTER AWARDS GRANT
UNCW received one of the first three Technology Enhancement Grants awarded by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. The grant will be used to conduct a preliminary safety study for β-naphthoyl brevetoxin, a modified natural product from the sea, at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, one of the prominent contract research organizations conducting aerosol toxicity and efficacy.

WATSON SCHOOL NAMES RAZOR WALKER AWARD WINNERS
Six North Carolina individuals and one child services agency were recognized by UNCW for their service to the state's children and youth. Since 1993, the Watson School of Education has presented Razor Walker Awards to dedicated leaders throughout North Carolina who have stepped forward to meet the needs and improve the lives of young people.

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

WOMEN'S ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM WINS REGIONALS
Seaweed, UNCW's women's ultimate frisbee club team, took first place at the Ultimate Players Association Atlantic Coast Regional Tournament April 25-26. The team defeated rival UNC 13-12 in the finals, with an overall 5-0 record.

SURF CLUB TAKES TOP HONORS
The UNCW Surf Club claimed victory at the National Scholastic Surfing Association East Coast Championships. Two members took top honors in the College Men's division, with Mike Powell placing first and Ian Tilghman second. Local Kure Beach standout and UNCW team member, Drake Courie, placed sixth in the open longboard division. UNCW also won the overall team competition; teams consist of six men, two women and one longboarder.

SEAHAWKS EARN CAA BERTH
Cameron Roth held Old Dominion to one run over six innings and Cody Stanley drove in four runs on three hits as UNCW earned a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with a 10-2 win on May 15. The Seahawks raised their record to 28-20 overall and 10-7 in the league. The Monarchs, who now need a win to make the tournament, fell to 21-25 and 12-11. The win moved UNCW into second place past Georgia State by virtue of a higher winning percentage.

TENNIS COACH RECOGNIZED
Second-year coach Mait DuBois, the architect of UNCW’s stunning run to the Colonial Athletic Association men’s tennis championship this spring, was named the Mideast Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. UNCW finished 19-6 this year, including 7-0 in the CAA, and captured its first conference title by dethroning 11-time champion VCU in the championship match. The Seahawks racked up their first national ranking and climbed as high as No. 58 in the ITA rankings.

PEREZ-NARBON GETS TOP HONOR
UNCW junior Carmen Perez-Narbon was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golfer of the Year. It is the second time in her career that Perez-Narbon received the honor.

SEAHAWKS PERFORM WELL ACADEMICALLY
UNCW’s student-athletes continue to make solid academic progress, and it shows in the annual Academic Progress Rate report released by the NCAA. All 19 intercollegiate teams remain in full compliance with the governing body’s guidelines. The men’s basketball team received a Public Recognition Award for the second consecutive year for being in the top 10 percent nationally for its work in the classroom.

Spring commencement ceremonies photo gallery

Literacy Live, a partnership between the UNCW Department of Youth Programs and Randall Library, is sponsoring a once-a-month visit to the library for children to hear and read and act-out activities related to the book and its theme.

Atlantis Summer Show Reception – 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, Boseman Gallery

Free Tuesday lunch concerts at the Hawk’s Nest:

  • Rootsoul Project – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 19
  • Sai Collins – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 26
  • Organix – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 2
  • Benny Hill Trio – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9
  • Rootsoul Project – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16
  • Sai Collins – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 23
  • Organix – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 30

Summer Nights Under the Stars - 7-9 p.m. Saturdays, June 6-27, Cultural Arts Building. Includes wine and cheese reception.

2009-10 Arts in Action Performances


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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 careercenter@uncw.edu.

teal rainbowsUNCW 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 | UNCWsports.com online store | UNCW Seahawks Croakies are available for $4.95 only at Dittos in the Fisher University Union.

EVERY GIFT COUNTS – 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 by mail. You may also 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!

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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