Seahawk Spotlight
May 2010 | Volume 9 | No. 2 | View as a webpage

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
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Triad Chapter mixerTRIAD ALUMNI CHAPTER SPRING MIXER
Spring fever has hit the Triad area, and alumni will be gathering on Thursday, May 20, at the Loft at Natty Greene's to enjoy complimentary appetizers and catch up with fellow Seahawks. For details about this event, please visit the chapter website.

Cape Fear Chapter Alumni After WorkALUMNI AFTER WORK - SPRING EDITION
As the days get warmer and the sun shines longer, where do local Seahawks want to be? On the water! Join the Cape Fear Area Alumni Chapter at Dockside from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, for complimentary appetizers and great door prizes. You can register for this event online until May 25.

CSB ALUMNI CHAPTER SPEAKER BREAKFAST SERIES
Alumni and friends are invited to a networking breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 24, in Burney Center. Bob Rippy, owner of Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, will speak about tourism and the economic environment in the Cape Fear Region. Admission, which includes a full breakfast, is $5 and available online until June 22.

Grand Slam JamGRAND SLAM JAM A HOME RUN
Around 120 Seahawks gathered at the 2010 Grand Slam Jam on April 13, hosted by the Cape Fear Area Alumni Chapter. Guests were greeted on the party deck by sunny weather, Sammy C. Hawk and a cookout courtesy of Dave Wishon and Parchies. Thirsts were quenched by the beverage donation from Bill Rhodes ’79 and R.A. Jeffreys. Amidst all of the excitement, men's baseball coach Mark Scalf chatted with fans about the season and the upcoming game. The first pitch was thrown by Ed Vosnock ’71 – a perfect kickoff to a great 4-3 win against Charleston Southern. Take a look at photos on Facebook.

SOCIAL WORK ALUMNI LUNCHEON
The Social Work Department presented a special opportunity for alumni to gather for lunch in the Burney Center during a break from the Psychotherapy and Science Conference on April 16. Even alumni who were not a part of the conference joined the group as they enjoyed time catching up and sharing stories about their career paths.
 
WSE ALUMNI CELEBRATE AND LAUNCH NEW PROGRAM

More than 40 Watson School of Education alumni and retired educators enjoyed dinner and conversation on April 29. Professsor Robert Smith and Jerry Oates ’95, ’03M, principal of Mary S. Mosely Performance Learning Center, spoke about high school reform. New chapter officers were announced, and Karen Wetherill, interim dean, outlined plans to launch a new program for retired educators in the Cape Fear Region. Take a look at photos on Facebook.
 
Triangle Chapter socialA SIDE OF SALSA FOR TRIANGLE ALUMNI
The Red Room Tapas Lounge was again the location for the annual social and spring mixer for alumni in the Triangle area. Guests enjoyed complimentary appetizers while socializing with friends and winding down after work. At 9 o'clock, the lights dimmed, and the beat quickened as alumni enjoyed the restaurant's weekly salsa night with free lessons. Take a look at photos on Facebook.

Campus News
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COMMENCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Multimedia | Honorary degree recipient | Wise House Reception

NASA ASTRONAUTS DESCEND TO AQUARIUS
This is the 14th mission of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations taking place at UNCW's Aquarius Reef Base. During NEEMO missions, astronauts and researchers live and work underwater for many days at a time to conduct valuable research that will help astronauts and scientists learn more about numerous aspects of planetary exploration.
Diver cams | NY Times coverage | Tehran Times

Cathy BarlowBARLOW NAMED PROVOST
Cathy L. Barlow, who has served as the university's interim provost since May 2009, was named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. The former dean of the Watson School of Education has been at UNCW since 2000.

UNCW RECEIVES $1 MILLION SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
Through several annual gifts of $50,000 from the Bernard Osher Foundation, numerous non-traditional students with unique situations and needs have received financial assistance for tuition at UNCW over the past three years. Now, the foundation has expanded those grants into a $1 million endowment for the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program.

EDUCATIONAL LEADERS RECOGNIZED
Four North Carolina individuals and two organizations were recognized for their service to the state’s children and youth. Since 1993, UNCW’s Watson School of Education has presented Razor Walker Awards to dedicated leaders statewide who have demonstrated their commitment to improving the lives of young people.

Oozeball multimedia | Clock tower 10th anniversary multimedia

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 SEARCH IS OVER
Buzz PetersonThe 'Buzz' begins – Robert "Buzz" Peterson, who has led four different teams to five post-season tournament appearances during an impressive college coaching career, was named the ninth head men's basketball coach in UNCW history. Peterson most recently led Appalachian State to the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, guiding the Mountaineers to a 24-13 overall record in 2009-10 after returning to Boone last spring. He stands 225-147 (.605) in 11 seasons as a head coach.

Cynthia Cooper

Women's basketball coach named Cynthia Cooper-Dyke takes over the helm of the Seahawk program following a successful five-year stint at Prairie View A&M in central Texas. The former college great, Olympic gold medalist and Women's National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player will be enshrined into the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13 in Springfield, Mass.

 

NCAA Golf championshipsNCAA WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships will draw the nation's best collegiate golfers to the Country Club of Landfall's Pete Dye Course in Wilmington May 18-21 in what promises to be the premier golf event of the year in the Cape Fear Region.

DIAMOND HAWKS CLOSE OUT CAA SEASON
The Seahawks begin a three-game series at William & Mary at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in Plumeri Park. The Seahawks (26-23, 11-10 CAA) need to win at least two games to remain in the hunt for a berth in the league championship tournament in late May. UNCW is currently in fifth place behind George Mason (27-16, 10-3), who plays VCU (27-20, 12-5) this weekend.

SEAHAWKS STRONG ACADEMICALLY
A record 25 UNCW student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the spring semester, capping one of the best academic semesters ever in the classroom for the program's 343 Seahawks. The spring total of 4.0 averages eclipsed the previous record of 21 just recorded in the fall semester.

Events

THINK SUMMER - THINK UNCW CAMPS
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.

SUMMER ATHLETICS CAMPS

EXHIBIT – Reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., through May 20 in Randall Library

SCULPTURE EXHIBIT – through May 20 in the Boseman Gallery

UPCOMING EVENTS AT UNCW

Summer at the Dub Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDARS


OTHER LINKS

UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION

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.

REGISTER FOR A COMMEMORATIVE UNCW 2010 Homecoming T-shirt from the UNCW Annual Fund. Offer only valid through Sunday, May 16. Limit one per household. T-shirt giveaway will be on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

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 | 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.

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