Seahawk SpotlightFebruary 2010 | Volume 8 | No. 11

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.

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Mayor Bill Saffo  received the UNCW distinguished alumnus award

LOCAL LEADERS HONORED BY ALUMNI
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, local business owner Lee Michael Grant and real estate developer Walter Pancoe were honored for their public service at the 2010 UNCW Alumni Association Awards program.

HOMECOMING TEALGATE
It was elbow to elbow, and the atmosphere was electric! Even though the forecast was daunting, 400 Seahawks from across the nation dusted the snow and ice off their wings and soared onto campus for the Homecoming TEALgate. The heated tent kept everyone warm and dry as they enjoyed food and beverages – including hot chocolate! Different sides of the tent challenged each other’s spirit by chanting, SEA – HAWK. Karen Wetherill, interim dean of the Watson School of Education, gave a warm welcome and recognized members of the Dean’s Club and Parent’s Council. The event showed that Seahawks can overcome any weather condition to let their UNCW spirit soar!

ALL ALUMNI CELEBRATION
More than 200 alumni and friends gathered in Burney Center after the men's basketball game to celebrate Homecoming weekend.  The group enjoyed free appetizers and beverages as they shared their Seahawk spirit with classmates and new friends. Partygoers danced to music from The Schoolboys, a group of UNCW educators and administrators. This year marks the second annual All Alumni Homecoming Celebration, a new tradition that is becoming a favorite and is not to be missed!

PHOTO GALLERIES
Homecoming | Port City Step Show | Dub Idol

CREW CLUB SOCIAL – 2010 marks the 24th anniversary of rowing at UNCW. The reunion weekend is set for Feb. 26-28.

CSB ALUMNI EVENTS – As part of Business Week, Cameron School of Business will host an alumni and retired faculty mixer at 6 p.m. March 23 in the atrium of the Computer Information Systems Building. The alumni speaker breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. March 24.

COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES DAY
Communication Studies Day will take place March 26. Two alumni panels will talk to students about how they've used their degrees and reminisce about their days at UNCW. There will be question and answer time, with additional events planned throughout the day.

GRAND SLAM JAM
Come cheer on the Seahawks at the annual Grand Slam Jam hosted by the Cape Fear Area Alumni Chapter at 5:30 p.m. April 13 at Brooks Field. Stay tuned for details and registration coming soon to the alumni events calendar.

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snow on campusFEBRUARY SNOW AT UNCW
(photo gallery)

STUDENTS SAVE RENTING TEXTBOOKS
UNCW is one of 25 universities across the nation participating with Barnes and Noble in a pilot textbook rental program designed to save students much of the upfront costs associated with purchasing books. UNCW is the only North Carolina school, public or private, taking part in the pilot.

Wachovia gift presentation

SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
CENTER SPEAKER SERIES

The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation made a solid investment in the future of the Cape Fear region with a $100,000 gift to the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center to support a speaker series.

UNCW CONTINUES TO BE A 'BEST VALUE'
UNCW was again named one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities by The Princeton Review, one of America's most widely-known education service companies. UNCW is also one of the "best values" among public universities in the nation and one of the top four in North Carolina, according to Kiplinger's 2010 rankings.

UNCW GETS KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
A partnership between UNCW and New Hanover County Schools was recognized by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, one of just 14 teams of arts organizations chosen to participate in the Partners in Education Institute, May 5-8, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Rosenbergs with Chancellor DePaolo

ROSENBERGS ENDOW MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
The Jean and Eric Rosenberg Scholarship is the first fully-endowed fund created as part of a new initiative, the UNCW Distinguished Merit Scholarship program, established to help the university attract the best and brightest students.

GRANT SUPPORTS CARIBBEAN RESEARCH
In partnership with three other universities and several government entities, UNCW received a grant of $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior to support the proposed $54 million Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center (MREC) on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

DANCING WITH STARS A BIG SUCCESS
The athletics department took fundraising to another level on Feb. 12 with Dancing with the Wilmington Stars: Seahawk Style. More than $110,000 was raised at the sold-out event for the scholarship fund for student-athletes. More than 450 supporters braved a winter storm that swept through the southeast that night to attend the event. WECT-TV 6 coverage

SEAHAWKS TAKE ON HUSKIES
Northeastern rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to pull out a 65-56 victory over UNC Wilmington in CAA men's basketball action Tuesday at Trask Coliseum.

BASEBALL PREVIEWS
Bullpen | Catcher | Infield | Outfield | Starting Rotation

BLIZZARD NAMED CAA 'SILVER STAR'
All-time UNCW men's basketball great Brett Blizzard has been included among 25 student-athletes designated as "Silver Stars" to commemorate the Colonial Athletic Association's Silver Anniversary.

5 inducted into UNCW Hall of Fame

FIVE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Baseball standouts Bruce Cavenaugh and Bill Harris were joined by women's basketball all-time leading scorer Gwen Austin, swimming All-American Dan Gallagher and longtime benefactor George Rountree III when the eighth class of the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame was inducted Jan. 30.

UNCWSPORTS.COM GETS NEW LOOK
The "new" UNCWsports.com is sleek in design and brings fans all the information on their favorite Seahawk players, coaches and teams. Game reports, statistics, player profiles, as well as video previews and interviews on HawkVision, may all be found on the redesigned site.

2008-09 UNCW ATHLETICS ANNUAL REPORT

Other links

UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION  | UNCW MAGAZINE ONLINE

LIFELONG LEARNING – Members of the local community can find a wide variety of adult education opportunities this spring through the Pathways catalog, a listing of courses, special events, online offerings and travel adventures provided through 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 careercenter@uncw.edu.

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. 
Donors’ stories
  |  Student testimonials

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 | UNCWsports.com 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.

TRANSCRIPTS   |   CAMPUS MAP  |   CAMPUS PARKING TIPS

28-DAY CHALLENGE - Making every day count! We’re going the extra mile this year to reach our annual giving goals. And, we’re asking for YOUR help to get there. 28-day challenge logoFor each of the 28 days in February, we're looking for 28 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents or friends to give their support. By making a gift, you will help ensure that UNCW continues on the road to success, reinforcing our commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, artistic achievement and service.

Events

UNCW CULTURAL EVENTS CALENDAR

Intercultural Week – through Feb. 20 – "Connecting Communities through Social Justice" – all events are free unless otherwise noted

Intercultural Festival – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 20, Burney Center

Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD performance of Carmen – 1 p.m. Feb. 21, Lumina Theater

"As if the Beasts Spoke: The Animal/Animist/Animated Walt Whitman"– presented by Jimmie Killingsworth at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Lumina Theater

Chopin200, a performance commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Frédéric Chopin – 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Kenan Auditorium

Two Hours in the Dark – 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Lumina Theatre. Screening and panel discussion

Our Lady of 121st Street –Feb. 25-March 1, Cultural Arts Building, Mainstage Theatre (part of UNCW’s celebration of Black History Month)

"Cashing in on Tourism" 8 a.m. to noon, March 9, Burney Center.
Joint Economic Growth Summit 2010 is co-sponsored by UNCW and Coastal Carolina University. Cost: $35 individual, $240 for a table of eight