Seahawk Spotlight
April 2010 | Volume 9 | 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.

UNCW MOURNS LOSS OF two noted leaders
John Jay Burney Jr. and J. Marshall Crews, leaders who shaped and guided Wilmington College and UNCW, recently passed away, but their legacies of dedication and service will long be remembered on campus. "They deeply and profoundly cared about our university and the Cape Fear community, and they diligently worked throughout their lives to make UNCW and the region we serve as strong and successful as possible," said Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo. "We extend our heartfelt sympathies to their families and friends. John and Marshall will be sorely missed."

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Thursday, April 29, will be an exciting time for Watson School of Education alumni as they reconnect for their annual dinner meeting at 5 p.m. in the Education Building. Guests will hear from WSE professor Robert Smith and guest speaker Jerry Oates before interim Dean Karen Wetherill outlines the plans to launch a new program for retired educators. Please RSVP for this event to Kim Gargiulo or 910.962.2587.

The Red Room in Raleigh will host UNCW alumni as Seahawks from the Triangle area meet for a networking social from 6 to 9 p.m. and enjoy Salsa Night with dancing at 9 p.m. This is a free event with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Online registration is open until April 27.

Sandra McClammy and Lolita Bryant
SENIOR SANKOFA – 10:30 a.m. May 7, Education Building atrium. The African American Graduates Association (AAGA) and the Upperman Center sponsors Senior Sankofa for graduating African American seniors.

TRIAD CHAPTER SPRING MIXER – May 20 – Details about this event coming soon.

ALUMNI AFTER WORK SPRING EDITION – May 27 – Each season the Cape Fear Area Alumni Chapter hosts a local networking social with complimentary appetizers and door prizes.

More than 120 alumni and friends joined the Cape Fear Alumni Chapter at the Grand Slam Jam on April 13.  With a 5-4 win over Charleston Southern, the Seahawk fans enjoyed the sunny weather, fun company and great food. A special thanks to Dave Wishon with Parchies for the food donation, and Bill Rhodes '79 for helping us with the beverages donation from RA Jeffreys. For photos and to find out more about the Cape Fear Area Alumni Chapter, like the Alumni After Work event coming up next month, visit the chapter Web page.

On March 23, alumni, retired faculty, faculty, staff and guests celebrated Business Week at a reception in the atrium of the Computer Information Systems building. Guests enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments as they networked, reconnected with former classmates and faculty faculty and made new friends. The highlight of the reception was the presentation of the Cameron School of Business Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards presented to Livian Jones '95, Peter Schuhmann '90 and Todd Thibodeaux '88 for their stellar professional achievements in their respective fields.

Fifty alumni, faculty and a select group of students gathered March 24 in the Burney Center for a networking breakfast with keynote speaker David Swain. As president and founder of Swain Associates and a member of the Cameron School of Business Executive Advisory Board, Swain inspired the group as he discussed his success as an entrepreneur and commercial real estate developer. He also discussed his outlook on the economy. The CSB Alumni Chapter will host its next speaker series breakfast in the summer.

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Chase Holfelder, a junior from Cary, is a semifinalist in a national contest seeking a new, updated version of the famous Folgers jingle, "The best part of wakin' up is Folgers in your cup." Online voting for the contest continues through April 21. Five finalists will be selected based on scores from the semi-finalist judging and online vote periods. The winner gets $25,000 and have the chance for their song to be selected for a Folgers commercial. Online voters have the chance to win iTunes gift cards and a grand prize of $10,000 just for participating in the voting.

Two hours in the darkCAPRA FILM WINS AWARD
Chip Hackler's short film Two Hours in the Dark was chosen as the Jury Award winner for best short at the 2010 Charleston International Film Festival. The film depicts a critical event in the life of famed director Frank Capra that triggered his transition from directing screwball comedies to creating socially conscious dramas like It's a Wonderful Life. Hackler is an assistant professor in UNCW's Department of Film Studies.

2010 NSSA East Coast Collegiate Champions - UNCWSURF TEAM WINS TITLE
The UNCW Surf Team chocked up a victory at the NSSA East Coast Championships. The team's final tally reached 119 points at the end of the weekend in Sebastian Inlet, Fla., where the second place finisher reached only 68 points. The contest serves as a qualifier for nationals in June at Salt Creek, Calif., where the team plans to bring home the gold. Mike Powell won his second East Coast title with Thomas Bruce, Ian Tilghman and Ben Powell taking fourth, fifth and sixth respectably. The college longboard division was taken down by UNCW's Drake Courie, where he combed almost the entire heat. Liza Dean finished with fourth place in the college women's division.

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

Seahawk Sports news

The Seahawk - April 15 edition

The UNCW men's tennis team finds itself in a different position on the eve of the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Tennis Championships. The defending champions will not be sneaking up on anybody on this trip to the tournament. Coach Mait DuBois and the Seahawks, who stunned defending champion VCU, 4-3, in last year's finals, enter the CAA's as the No. 3 seed this year.

The UNCW women's tennis team has amassed a 15-7 record and won 17 of the 22 doubles points on the court this season. Now it's time for some unfinished business. The Seahawks are penciled in as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 Old Dominion at 3:30 p.m. April 16 in the quarterfinals of the CAA Women's Tennis Championships in Norfolk, Va. The winner advances to Saturday's semifinals at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

Ben Thielsen and Mike Rooney had three hits apiece and the Seahawk bullpen shined again with 4 2/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief as UNCW topped host NC State, 7-4, at Doak Field on April 14. The win extends the Seahawks winning streak to six games, tying a season-high, and raised their record to 21-13. The victory was also UNCW's first at Doak Field since the 1998 season and gave UNCW a season sweep of the home-and-home series. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, dropped to 22-13.

UNCW closed out its appearance at the 44th Annual Sea Ray Relays, setting a pair of school relay records APRIL 10 at La Porte Stadium. Both records came on the women's side as the 4x200 relay of Alexis Kauffman, Shanelle Foster, Keona Eaton and Jania Bogle finished fifth with a time of 1:38.37. The same relay team also set a season-best in the 4x100 when it clocked in at 46.14 and finished fifth.

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LIFELONG LEARNING – Members of the local community can find a wide variety of adult education opportunities this spring in the Pathways catalog, a listing of courses, special events, online offerings and travel adventures offered by the UNCW Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

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

UNCW students are sharing the university’s story with alumni, parents and friends as part of the 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. 

UNCW TEAL RAINBOWS are available at the UNCW Bookstore and selected Teal tie from Vineyard VinesWilmington area merchants. Call 910.962.3188 for more information.

DRESS LIKE A SEAHAWK – Redix at Wrightsville Beach now carries UNCW neckties and bowties by Vineyard Vines, in teal and yellow. View a photo gallery of other local merchants who carry licensed UNCW products and the items they have available. Other links: UNCW Bookstore | online store

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.



Commencement – May 7-8

Dead Man's Cell Phone – 8 p.m. April 22-24 and April 26 and 2 p.m. April 25, Mainstage Theatre of the Cultural Arts Building. $12

Pianist Alice Wilkerson – 7:30 p.m. April 16, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

Daybreakers – 7 and 10 p.m. April 16 Lumina Theater. $4

Invictus – 8 p.m. April 17, Lumina Theater. $4

Mozart Requiem: UNCW Concert Choir and Chamber Singers with Crystal Coast Choral Society – 7:30 p.m. April 17, Minnie Evans Arts Center Auditorium, 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway

Red Fish Can't Jump –7 p.m. April 18, Lumina Theater. Free

UNCW String Ensemble – 4 p.m. April 18, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building

Soy Andina – 7 p.m. April 19, Lumina Theatre. Free

The Flight of the Red Balloon – 7 p.m. April 20, Lumina Theatre. Free

Lincoln – 7 p.m. April 21, Lumina Theatre. Free. Home – 7 p.m. April 22, Lumina Theatre. Free

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – 7 p.m. April 23, Lumina Theatre. $4

Labyrinth – 3 p.m. April 24, Lumina Theatre. Free

The Lovely Bones – 7 p.m. April 24, Lumina Theatre. $4

Savage – 7 p.m. April 30, Lumina Theatre