Seahawk Spotlight

August 2010 | Volume 9 | 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.

Class of 2014UNCW WELCOMES

Greetings from Chancellor DePaolo

More than 1,700 volunteers participated in Move-In, a wonderful tradition that means so much to new students and their families. (View multimedia presentations of Move-In and convocation.) The Class of 2014 arrived on campus with an impressive set of credentials, including an estimated average GPA of 3.8 and an estimated average SAT of 1170, the highest ever at UNCW, capping years of steady gains. More than a quarter of these students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Of an estimated 1,990 freshmen, 11 percent come from communities across Southeastern North Carolina and 14.5 percent identify themselves as diverse. The Class of 2014 hails from 706 different high schools in 91 N.C. counties, 41 states and 20 countries. WECT-TV 6 coverage of Move-In | News 14 coverage

Alumni News
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Alumni in the Triad area are invited to dinner Sept. 30 at the Greensboro Country Club. Tickets are $15 and include a networking cocktail reception, dinner and dessert. Meet UNCW guest speakers and reconnect with fellow Triad area alumni. Tickets will be available online Aug. 23 through Sept. 26.

The fall dinner meeting will be held Sept. 30 at the Wise Alumni House.

Family and Alumni Weekend logo

Don't miss this opportunity to return to campus Oct. 15-17 for Family and Alumni Weekend. Festivities will begin with the alumni and parents welcome reception and continue over the next few days with the Golden Wing Society Reunion (classes of 1947-60), Legacy Pinning Ceremony (for current students with alumni parents, grandparents or siblings), Young Alumni Reunion (classes 2000-10), Midnite Madness and more.

UNCW alumni enjoy meeting the Durham Bulls mascotBULLS PICNIC DRAWS 200 SEAHAWKS
Drawing close to 200 Seahawks, attendance at the Triangle Area Alumni Chapter's annual Durham Bulls Picnic was record-breaking. As alumni checked in, all those supporting the 'TEALout' by sporting their favorite UNCW gear received a free UNCW alumni koozie. Chapter president Tracy Pagnozzi '98, '00M greeted everyone while giving kudos to the chapter's steering committee for all of its hard work in organizing the event. She also introduced special guests from the UNCW Athletic Department: Buzz Peterson, men's basketball coach; Jamie Kachmarik, assistant men's basketball coach; Mark Scalf, baseball coach; and Kelly Van Houten, softball coach. As the first pitch was thrown, Seahawks enjoyed a full cookout along with thirst quenching drinks. During the seventh inning stretch, several lucky winners received prizes from the alumni association and athletics. To top off the evening, the Bulls pulled off a win against the Charlotte Knights. The next event for the Triangle Alumni Chapter is the fall alumni dinner Oct. 7 at the Prestonwood Country Club. Facebook | Flickr

Alumni enjoy the afterwork gathering at DocksideALUMNI AFTER WORK

On July 29, a record-breaking 132 alumni and friends gathered at Dockside for the Cape Fear Chapter’s seasonal Alumni After Work. The weather was a bit daunting at first, but cleared for blue skies and even a rainbow! Many re-connected with former classmates and fellow alumni while sipping on cool drinks and sporting their new UNCW alumni koozies. Dockside generously provided appetizers for the crowd throughout the evening. Mark your calendars for the next Alumni After Work on Sept. 23. Facebook | Flickr

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UNCW is one of the top five public master's universities in the South, according to U.S.News & World Report. UNCW has been ranked in the top 10 of the elite listing for the last 13 years. This is the university's highest regional ranking ever. UNCW is once again included on the U.S. News list of "up-and-coming" master's universities in the South. Ranked at number five in the region, UNCW is in the company of 68 colleges and universities nationally that U.S.News identified as making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

UNCW skyrocketed to number 17 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 list of “America’s Best College Buys,” recognizing it for providing a high quality education at the lowest cost to students. “This recognition from Forbes is extremely gratifying,” said Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo. “It reflects the strategic planning and intentional allocation of resources we have undertaken on our campus to provide students with the most powerful learning experience in a very efficient and cost-effective manner."Best in the Southeast by Princeton Review

For the seventh consecutive year, UNCW has earned recognition as one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast. It is part of an elite group of institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section its 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region feature.

The College of Health and Human Services, approved by the UNCW Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors in 2008, became a reality on July 1. Academic units within the CHHS are the Schools of Nursing, Health and Applied Human Sciences and Social Work.

Fred Eshelman, founder and executive chairman of PPD Inc., and H. David Swain, founder of Swain & Associates, a real estate services firm based in Wilmington, are the newest members of the UNCW Board of Trustees.

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

Kelly Mehrtens, Michael Jordan, Cynthia Cooper-DykeCOOPER-DYKE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
UNCW women's basketball coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was formally inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame during its annual enshrinement ceremony Aug. 13. She is the first player to be inducted based primarily on her WNBA career.

UNCW and Sunrise Broadcasting have inked a two-year deal that will keep the Seahawks on WILT-FM, Sunny 104.5, for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Sunrise is a division of Capitol Broadcasting, a television and radio company based in Raleigh that operates minor league baseball's Durham Bulls and the North Carolina News Network. Sunrise also operates WMFD-AM (ESPN), WKXB-FM, WAZO-FM, WSFM-FM and WLGD-FM.

The Seahawk Club, UNCW’s primary fundraising organization for athletics, is offering recent graduates an opportunity to join the group at a special rate. "Our young alumni are excited to have a way to participate and stay connected to the teams and student-athletes as they did while students,” said Tim Duncan, executive director of the Seahawk Club. “We’re looking forward to rolling out this program and providing the benefits of the Seahawk Club to our new graduates.”

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UNCW continues to emerge as an educational leader in North Carolina. However, in order for your alma mater to soar even higher, UNCW needs your support. Currently, UNCW’s alumni participation rate (the number of alumni who make an annual gift) is below that of many other universities in the UNC system. Gifts from alumni have enhanced the UNCW experience for generations of Seahawk students by providing funding for scholarships, academic programs, student activities and more. This year, the Office of Annual Giving is "Calling all Seahawks" in hopes of sharing with more alumni the importance of making an annual gift to continue the tradition of excellence for today's students.

Hello, Sammy C. Hawk! bookcoverCOMING IN SEPTEMBER. . .
Students, families and fans of all ages will feel their Seahawk spirit soar as they page through the colorful illustrations of UNCW’s new mascot book, Hello, Sammy C. Hawk! Perfect for gift-giving, the book was written by UNCW alumna Katie White ’09 and will be available exclusively at the UNCW Bookstore and Seahawk Shop, where advance orders can be placed.

Connect with other UNCW alumni and friends by sending them e-cards featuring your favorite campus scenes! Select start and follow the instructions to enjoy this free service. Once completed, remember to validate your e-mail address to assure delivery of your e-card.


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 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 | Seahawk Shop

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.



Cultural events calendar

Lumina Theatre movie and event schedule

Ann Flack Boseman Gallery calendar (pdf)

Online Sept. 2 - Pathways catalog for lifelong learning opportunities. Check the Sept. 7 edition of the Star-News for a print copy of Pathways.

Business Certificate Program - Sept. 7-Nov. 22 – Designed for professionals looking to develop, complement and advance their current business knowledge and skills

2010 N.C. Entrepreneurship Summit – Sept. 19-20

UNCW Presents 2010-11 season – 12 performing arts and lecture events and related outreach activities will be held in Kenan Auditorium

UNCW Marine ExplorersFriday evening programs for ages 11-14 and Saturday morning programs for ages 7-10