Seahawk Spotlight
June 2010 | Volume 9 | No. 3 | View as a web page
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.

UNC Board of Governors chairman Hannah Gage invites alumni and friends to become involved in the search process for a new system president, to share nominations for the position and suggestions. MORE

Alumni News
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Alumni and friends are invited to a presentation by Bob Rippy on "Tourism and the Economic Environment" while enjoying breakfast Thursday, June 24, in the Burney Center. Rippy, a local entrepreneur and owner of Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, has been bringing tourists to Wilmington since 1987. Tickets are $5 each and include breakfast. They can be purchased online until June 22.
Graduation reception at the Wise HouseCOMMENCEMENT CELEBRATIONS
Nearly 300 spring graduates and their families gathered for the Commencement Celebration May 6 at Wise Alumni House. View photos from this event. More than 60 graduating Senior SankofaAfrican American seniors gathered in the Education Building on May 7 for the Senior Sankofa ceremony. The guest speaker was Euran Daniels of Wilmington, who at age 33 was recognized by the media as one of the most influential African American males in the nation. Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo and Lolita Bryant ’04, president of AAGA, presented graduating students with their medallions. View photos from this event.

Triad mixer at the Loft at Natty Greene'sTRIAD ALUMNI CHAPTER SPRING MIXER
The Loft at Natty Greene’s in Greensboro was the place for Triad area Seahawks to be on May 20. Nearly 60 alumni enjoyed free appetizers and a cash bar as they networked. The Loft was buzzing until late into the evening with what is new at UNCW and memories about what is was like “back in the day." Triad alumni are very excited about new happenings in the chapter and all of the fun events to come! View photos from this event.

Alumni Afterwork at DocksideALUMNI AFTER WORK - SPRING EDITION
The Cape Fear Area Alumni Chapter hosted 70 alumni and friends at Dockside Restaurant & Marina for the Alumni After Work - Spring Edition on May 27. Alumni enjoyed complimentary appetizers provided by Dockside while sipping cocktails and looking over the water on a sunny 80 degree day. Cape Fear Alumni Chapter president Ken Dieppa ’09M handed out raffle prizes including a Sammy C. Hawk golf club head cover, UNCW monogrammed key chains, UNCW water bottles and two tickets to the upcoming CSB Alumni Speaker Breakfast Series. Stay tuned for details of the next Alumni After Work coming in July. View photos from this event.
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budget cuts topic for UNC Board of Governors
June 11 News and Observer story quotes Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo.


  • Parking lot E, west of the Fisher Student Center, will undergo renovation to improve pedestrian safety in the parking area as well as improve traffic on Riegel Road.
  • Work has begun on the Student Recreation Center expansion which will result in the temporary closure of Price Drive from the former Reynolds Drive intersection to Walton Drive.
  • Ground was broken in April for the psychology building. Construction will begin sometime in July.  
  • Renovations continue to Chancellors Walk next to the School of Nursing Building. Storm water mitigation, irrigation, new lighting and pavers will be installed.
  • The oyster hatchery at the Center for Marine Science should be completed by the end of July; occupancy is expected to take place in August.
  • Work is nearly complete on the School of Nursing Building. Occupancy expected to take place in August in time for fall classes.

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

This is the first in a series of summer baseball reports on the Seahawks who have scattered around the country, playing in leagues and getting the at-bats and innings pitched they'll need to prepare them for the 2011 season.

The success of UNCW's student-athletes in the classroom continues to mirror their accomplishments in the athletic arena, according to the annual Academic Progress Rate report of the nation's 332 NCAA Division I schools released June 9 by the NCAA.

Josh Brock, a rising senior, and the UNCW men's golf team were the top-ranked individual and team in head-to-head competition in the Colonial Athletic Association according to the final season report compiled by

Former UNCW women's golf standout Michelle Jarman finds herself in the media spotlight once again as she was recently featured in an article on Jarman spoke with Golfweek writer Julie Williams about her life as a member of the Duramed FUTURES Tour and her full-time job at McGladrey & Pullen.

After winning the opener 10-0 and forcing a second game, UNCW came up short in an epic 12-inning battle with VCU and Joe Van Meter's two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning pushed the Rams past UNCW, 7-5, in the championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association championship on May 29 at Brooks Field.

UNCW Magazine - spring 2010 - now online

Heroes are more than mere characters in history books and epic poems - in this issue of the online UNCW Magazine, click and be inspired by some of our modern-day heroes:

  • Veterans moving from battlefields to classrooms
  • Champion athletes winning ultimate titles
  • Alumni changing the world
  • Legendary leaders with a vision

Plus, web extras - such as the photo gallery celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UNCW Millennium Clock Tower on page 38.


MOVIE SCREENING - The Battleship North Carolina will host a screening of the Frank Capra classic It Happened One Night and UNCW professor Chip Hackler's short film on the director, Two Hours in the Dark, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 18. In the event of rain, the screening will take place on Sunday, June 20. The screening is free to the public.

PUPPET FESTIVAL - July 15-17 - includes live performances for families and youths, art exhibitions, educational and community outreach

UNCW offers a wide variety of summer academic enrichment camps for ages 5 to 17. From art to writing and everything in between, the camps combine academic excellence with fun! New for 2010 - engineering - harness alternative energy sources, build remote operated vehicles for deep sea exploration, learn from nature's best earth and water structures, and examine biomimicry, biologically inspired engineering.


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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

June calendarSUPPORT YOUR ALMA MATER - All gifts must be received by June 30 to count toward this year's annual fund campaign. In planning for the new academic year, the university reviews gifts from the current year to determine what resources will be available to our students. Gifts of all sizes enable us to provide students with the most powerful learning experience possible. From research projects, public outreach programs, technology upgrades and scholarships - annual gifts are critical to UNCW's continued success. Please give online today.

UNCW TEAL 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 | 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.