Dear Seahawk Community,
UNCW wrapped up an exciting semester on Dec. 10 with commencement exercises for 2,000 graduates from the Class of 2016. Attracting and retaining outstanding students and preparing them to graduate with the experience and skills necessary to succeed as global citizens are key components of our strategic plan, which we continue to implement on- and off-campus.
The SECU Rural Internship Program, one of our leading efforts to provide students with valuable job experience, received a $200,000 grant in December. Earlier this month, we also announced a new M.S. in Data Science – a growing field with great job prospects for future Seahawks.
Associate professor Scott Nooner (Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences) made international news with findings about the underwater volcano Axial Seamount, presented during the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco. Congratulations to Somer Lewis, director of the Watson College of Education’s Professional Development System, on receiving the 2016 Robert E. Tyndall Service Award.
These accomplishments and many more result from the Seahawk community’s unlimited energy, drive and dedication. I look forward to seeing what we all achieve together in 2017. May the new year bring all of you joy, health and happiness.
Jose V. Sartarelli
Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5931