Dear Seahawk Community,
In November, the students, faculty and staff at UNCW celebrated the many contributions that military-affiliated students and their families give to our campus as well as our country. The university launched a dynamic new website, hosted numerous events during Distinguished Veterans Week and earned recognition as a "Military Friendly" school and as one of our nation's "Best Colleges for Vets."
There were also well-deserved honors bestowed upon our students and faculty. Audrey Taylor '17, Tiffany Ernst '17 and Bill Atwill, an associate professor in the English department, earned recognition from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Regina Elise Wilson '17 was selected for a Community Impact Award from N.C. Campus Compact. Dan Johnson, associate professor in recreation therapy, and Antonio Puente, psychology professor, were named 2016 “Health Care Heroes" by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.
Many of our fall sports wrapped up in November, with several Seahawks earning All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. Basketball season is now underway and Trask Coliseum is already crackling with school spirit. Keep up with the Seahawks at uncwsports.com.
The UNCW community joins me in mourning the loss of Dr. Debra Saunders-White, the 11th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University who formerly served as vice chancellor for information technology systems at UNCW. We are grateful for the countless ways she helped UNCW grow and excel, because of the kind of professional she was but more so because of the kind of person she was.
Finally, we gave thanks for the Seahawk community by participating in #GivingTuesday activities, Wagsgiving (a huge holiday dinner held in our Wagoner Dining Hall) and the international Thanksgiving meal (see photo) hosted annually by Thomas Simpson, executive-in-residence in the Cameron School of Business, and his family, with help from campus colleagues and friends.
As we acknowledge our many blessings this season, I want to thank you for your continued support and dedication to our students, faculty and staff.
Jose V. Sartarelli
Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5931