Seahawk SpotlightOctober 2010 | Volume 9 | No. 7

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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WELCOME BACK TO CAMPUS
It's not too late to return to campus this weekend - Oct. 15-17 - for Family and Alumni Weekend. Festivities will begin with the alumni and parents welcome reception and continue 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.

ALUMNI MUSIC CONCERT
Join alumni and friends for the annual Alumni Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Cultural Arts Building. Enjoy performances from four talented alumni in Beckwith Recital Hall, with a dessert reception to follow in the grand lobby. Tickets are $15 for the concert and include the reception. For information about the event please contact Kim Gargiulo at gargiulok@uncw.edu or 910.962.2587.

CSB ALUMNI CHAPTER SPEAKER BREAKFAST WITH JEFF MANN '92

Alumni, colleagues and friends are invited to the upcoming CSB Alumni Chapter Speaker Breakfast featuring Jeff Mann '92. Mann, an executive at Amtrak, will discuss "Amtrak and the Future of Passenger Rail in the Southeast." The event begins with networking coffee and registration at 7 a.m. The presentation will conclude by 9 a.m. More information can be found on the chapter website.

SAVE THE DATE - HOMECOMING FEB. 17-20
Events throughout these four days include the alumni awards reception, academic and affinity group reunions, baseball and basketball games, an alumni TEALgate, tours and more! Stay posted for details on the Homecoming website
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FALL ALUMNI AFTER WORK CELEBRATION
Nearly 100 Seahawks gathered at Dockside Sept. 23 for the first hours of the new season at the Alumni After Work Fall Edition. The skies were blue (almost teal), the sun was shining and alumni were chirping away as they sipped on drinks and reconnected over complimentary appetizers provided by Dockside. Ken Dieppa ’09M and Gayle Hayes Woodcock ’89 gave away raffle gifts including tickets to upcoming alumni events. Special guest Katie White ’09 joined the group as author of the children’s book Hello, Sammy C. Hawk. One of her books was also given away in the raffle. Click here to see the photos!

TRIAD CHAPTER FALL ALUMNI DINNER
Alumni in the Triad area enjoyed a networking cocktail reception and dinner Sept. 30 at the Greensboro Country Club. Guest speaker Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Hall of Famer and UNCW coach, shared her excitement and expectations for the women's basketball team in the upcoming year. Take a look at photos.

WATSON SCHOOL OF EDUCATION ALUMNI CHAPTER DINNER
The Watson School of Education Alumni Chapter met Sept. 30 at the Wise Alumni House for a complimentary light supper and an evening with friends. Guest speaker Tilly Gurley, principal of Isaac Bear Early College High School, spoke about the school's accelerated program and its integration at UNCW. Take a look at photos from the event.

TRIANGLE CHAPTER FALL ALUMNI DINNER
Excitement echoed throughout the Triangle area with the announcement that new men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson was to be the keynote speaker at the Triangle Area Alumni Chapter fall dinner. As attendance continues to grow at chapter events, another milestone was set with 115 tickets sold to the event at Prestonwood Country Club. Welcoming alumni and providing a chapter update, Triangle Chapter president Tracy Nazarchyk Pagnozzi ’98, ’00M and alumni director Rob McInturf were the first speakers of the night. The microphone was then turned over to Coach Peterson. He enlightened the crowd on the upcoming season and recent recruiting efforts. Take a look at photos!

Campus News
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GROWTH ANTICIPATED FOR LOCAL ECONOMY
Experts at UNCW's seventh annual Economic Outlook Conference have forecast a surprising outlook for southeastern North Carolina’s economy: Total personal income in the Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties will grow 3.3 percent during 2011, slightly more than that forecast for the state (3.2 percent) and the nation (3 percent).

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION HONORS RECREATION THERAPY
Innovative programs, superb faculty and community outreach helped the UNCW Recreational Therapy program earn the prestigious 2010 American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Excellence in Education Award. ATRA is the largest national membership organization representing the interests and needs of recreational therapists.

CHANCELLOR'S STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS

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

Seahawk Sports news

MIDNITE MADNESS ON FRIDAY
An ice cream social, various games, Sammy C. Hawk sightings and other activities set the stage for Midnite Madness Oct. 15, which marks the official kickoff of the 2010-11 men's and women's basketball seasons at UNCW.

LANDFALL TRADITION OCT. 22-24
The UNCW Women’s Golf Team will host the 2010 Landfall Tradition Oct. 22-24 at Landfall’s Pete Dye Course. It will feature 18 of the top women’s golf teams in the country, including the Duke Blue Devils (last year’s champions), Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State, UNC Greensboro, Virginia and host UNCW. There is no charge for admission.

2011 BASEBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Highlighted by 34 home games and home-and-home series with five teams that played in the NCAA tournament, UNCW has released its baseball schedule for the 2011 season. "We're looking forward to a very challenging schedule in 2011," said head coach Mark Scalf.

MERHTENS STEPS DOWN AS AD
Kelly Mehrtens resigned as UNCW director of athletics on Sept. 27,
stressing that stepping down was her decision and that the decision was made based on the best interests of UNCW, its athletic programs, its coaches and student athletes. (video highlights from press conference) Vacancy has drawn national interest.

Other links

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ON YOUR COMPUTER

Alumni who make an annual gift to UNCW this year will receive access to our exclusive UNCW desktop wallpapers. The desktop wallpapers feature several campus landmarks, sure to bring back all your favorite UNCW memories. Alumni participation continues to be a major focus for UNCW. The more alumni who give back to the university each year, the higher UNCW is ranked in U.S.News & World Report and the more valuable a UNCW degree becomes. A gift of any size to any area of the university will help UNCW soar higher and will qualify alumni for this exclusive benefit.
Visit www.uncw.edu/giveonline to participate today!

Hello, Sammy C. Hawk! bookcoverHELLO, SAMMY C. HAWK NOW AVAILABLE
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 is available exclusively at the UNCW Bookstore and Seahawk Shop for $14.95 plus tax.

SEND UNCW E-CARDS TO ALUMNI AND FRIENDS
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.

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- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual questions can be asked by phone 910.962.3174 or e-mail careercenter@uncw.edu.

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.

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Events

Check out the fall Pathways catalog for lifelong learning opportunities.

Mariola Espinos"Contagion and Conquest: The United States and the Fight Against Disease in the Caribbean" – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Burney Center

The Pillowman Oct. 21-24, SRO Theatre, Cultural Arts Building, 8 p.m. except for Sunday 2 p.m. matinee

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents Boris Godunov – noon, Oct. 23, Lumina Theater

Douglas Rushkoff – “Digital Nation: Living and Learning on the Virtual Frontier” – 7 p.m. Oct. 25, Kenan Auditorium

Joyce Carol Oates, Pulitzer Prize-winning author – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Kenan Auditorium

Rocky Horror Picture Show – 11:59 p.m. Oct. 29, Lumina Theater

Junk to Funk – through Nov. 5, Boseman Gallery, Fisher University Union

Cultural events calendar

Lumina Theater movie and event schedule

Ann Flack Boseman Gallery calendar (pdf)