Seahawk SpotlightNovember 2009   |   Volume 8    |   No. 8

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

HOMECOMING DATE SET
Homecoming 2010 will be Jan. 29-31. This year's theme "Still Rockin' My Teal" will be integrated in all events from the alumni awards reception and TEALgate to academic affiliated alumni receptions and the all-alumni party! Mark your calendars and stay up to date with the schedule of events on the alumni Web site.

FAMILY AND ALUMNI WEEKEND
More than 1,000 people took part in this year's Family and Alumni Weekend Oct. 16-18. Alumni, students and parents enjoyed a schedule of events that showcased the UNCW experience. Here are some highlights:

  • Wine and cheese welcome reception – More than 100 Seahawk alumni and parents mingled with UNCW faculty and staff while enjoying refreshments, music and a friendly atmosphere. Trolley tour or campus
  • Golden Wing Society Reunion – Thirty-five individuals who have reached or surpassed the milestone of their 50-year alumni status met for brunch at Madeline Suite followed by a trolley tour of campus with Student Ambassadors.
  • UNCW past, present and future – Fifty alumni, parents and students gathered together in Lumina Theatre to hear from campus historian Ty Rowell, who spoke about the founding of Wilmington College through becoming one of the top institutions in the Southeast and everything in-between.Legacy pinning ceremony
  • Legacy pinning ceremony – Twenty-five legacy students and their families gathered for family portraits, refreshments and conversation about what it means to be a Seahawk. Sandra McClammy '03, '09M, vice chair of the alumni board of directors, explained the importance of making UNCW a family tradition. As association director Rob McInturf called the legacy students up to the stage, Sandra gave them a gold pin with teal gemstone, which was pinned on them by their alumni connection.
  • Class of 1999 reunion dinner – In addition to dinner and reminiscing about their days at UNCW, alumni heard from Mark Blackwell, student body president. UNCW Teaching Fellows provided complimentary childcare.1984 reunion
  • Class of 1984 reunion celebration – George Spirakis, 1984 class president and attorney in Myrtle Beach, spoke to the group about his memories of UNCW and encouraged them all to stay involved with the university and the Alumni Association. Alumni traveled to the reunion from all around the Southeast and as far away as California. UNCW student Nikki Myers, played piano for the celebration with her peers from the group TEMPO: The Empowerment of Musicians through Peer Outreach.

ALUMNI AFTER WORK FALL EDITION
Cape Fear Area alumni and friends enjoyed appetizers and drinks Nov. 5 at Dockside for the Alumni After Work Fall Edition. Dockside generously donated all of the appetizers for the event. Ken Dieppa ’09M, president of the Cape Fear Chapter, awarded door prizes: leather business card holders and two pairs of tickets to the Dec. 16 TEALgate vs. Wake Forest.

Wise House plaqueWISE ALUMNI HOUSE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Alumni, family and friends celebrated the 100th birthday of the Wise Alumni House Nov. 7. At a VIP reception honoring those who supported the renovations to the house, Mayor Bill Saffo ’83 read a proclamation declaring Nov. 7, 2009, Wise Alumni House Day. George Edwards, executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, unveiled the centennial plaque which will be displayed on the front of the house.

Campus News

CLARENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
As part of the traditional screening of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, the University of North Carolina Wilmington is searching for an angel in disguise to be the next recipient of the Clarence Award, named after the angel-in-training in the classic holiday film. The fourth annual award will be presented at UNC Wilmington’s It’s a Wonderful Life screening at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 in Kenan Auditorium.

coralMYSTERIES OF THE DEEP SEA REVEALED
In a battle to preserve the ancient treasure of deep sea coral reefs, an international research team will dive into a historic investigation of North Carolina waters Dec. 1-9. Led by UNCW marine scientist Steve Ross, researchers will employ innovative technology to characterize and map expansive deep sea coral habitats before they become extinct.

FEDS HONOR GENDER-BASED PREVENTION PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Education recognized UNCW'S unique, gender-based substance prevention program as a model for other schools across the nation. One of only five programs in the country to receive model status, UNCW's "Changing a High-Risk Drinking Culture through the Lens of Gender" earned a grant of $128,000 and designation as a Promising Program.

Don SkinnerSKINNER IS 2009 SCHWEITZER HONORS SCHOLAR
Rev. Don Skinner, founder and executive director of the Phoenix Employment Ministry, was named the 2009 Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar. The award is given annually by the UNCW Honors Scholars Program and Randall Library to a person from the Cape Fear area who exemplifies the attributes or interests of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Albert Schweitzer.

KUDOS TO THE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at UNCW is designated one of the top 25 MFA programs in creative writing in the nation in the November/December 2009 issue of Poets & Writers magazine. One of the top publications in the creative writing profession, Poets & Writers ranks UNC Wilmington's program fifth in creative nonfiction and places it at number 22 in poetry and number 25 in fiction.

iPHONE APPS PUT UNCW STUDENTS ON THE MAP
Want information on UNCW? Now there's an iPhone application for that. UNCW undergraduate students Ricardo Valea and Phillip Whisenhunt have created the university's first iPhone application.

ENERGY USAGE DROPS 28 PERCENT
Per Senate Bill 668, all North Carolina agencies, including college and universities, are mandated to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by July 2010. The University of North Carolina Wilmington has already reached that goal, dropping its usage by 28 percent over the past 6 years, and 11 percent in fiscal year 2009 alone, through significant conservation and efficiency measures.

Seahawk Sports news

CAA SOCCER CHAMPIONS
men's soccer CAA championship team

MEN'S SOCCER – Junior Nassim Berhouni broke a scoreless deadlock with 3:36 remaining in regulation to lift No. 22 UNC Wilmington past Northeastern, 1-0, in the Colonial Athletic Association men's soccer championship Nov. 15 at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.The win gave the Seahawks (14-2-4) their first ever CAA championship and berth in the NCAA tournament. Photo Gallery

women's soccer CAA championship team

WOMEN'S SOCCER – Sophomore midfielder Erin Pardini converted a penalty kick opportunity in the 80th minute to give third-seeded UNC Wilmington a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded James Madison in the 2009 CAA Women's Soccer Championship game Nov. 8 at Parsons Field. The Seahawks captured their first CAA Championship as they improved to 13-7-1 overall with the victory and extended their winning streak to five games.

SOUTH FLORIDA BULLISH ON UNCW, 74-66
South Florida junior guard Dominique Jones poured in 16 of his game-high 28 points in the second half to propel the Bulls over the Seahawks, 74-66, for third place in the Charleston Classic Sunday at Carolina First Arena. The Seahawks wound up 1-2 at the tourney and stand 1-4 overall on the campaign.

LADY PIRATES USE SECOND-HALF RUN TO SINK SEAHAWKS
Hampton used an 18-2 run early in the second half to overcome a four-point deficit on its way to a 66-52 victory over UNCW in collegiate women's basketball action Nov. 22 at the Convocation Center. The Seahawks dropped to 1-2 as they suffered their second straight road setback.

RICHARDSON, SPAKE LEAD SEAHAWKS TO SWIMMING SWEEP
Sophomore Kasey Richardson won two events and swam on a winning relay, while sophomore Gavin Spake won two events as UNCW swept visiting College of Charleston on Nov. 14 in swimming and diving action at the Seahawk Natatorium.

Events

Senior Exhibition – Cultural Arts Building art gallery through Dec. 12. Reception 3 p.m. Dec. 12

Boseman Gallery – Art work by Stella Duplass, the UNCW student awarded the 2009-10 Ann Flack Boseman Scholarship

Department of Music Honors Recital – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

We Are Together – 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Lumina Theatre

UNCW Piano Ensemble – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Kenan Auditorium

UNCW Wind Symphony – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3

Tuba Christmas – Dec. 5

Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration – 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Warwick Center Ballroom

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Concert – 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, Kenan Auditorium

It's a Wonderful Life – 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Kenan Auditorium

Alumni pre-game TEALgate party- 5 p.m. Dec. 16, tent outside Trask Coliseum

North Carolina Symphony – 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Kenan Auditorium

UNCW Homecoming 201 0- Jan. 29-31


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teal rainbowsUNCW TEAL RAINBOWS are available at the UNCW Bookstore and selected Wilmington area merchants. Call 910.962.3188 for more information.

UNCW students will share the university’s story with alumni, parents and friends over the coming weeks, as part of the 2009-10 ANNUAL GIVING PHONATHON. Last year, student callers encouraged more than 7,300 donors to pledge more than $466,000 to the university. In this time of severe budget cuts, these donations are not for extras. The gifts are used for library materials, classroom equipment, computers, software and other technology, campus life programs, athletics and much more to maintain the quality, educational experience that has become a tradition at UNCW. Please consider making your gift online. 
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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.

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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