August 15, 2016
Dear Campus Community:
Another exciting fall semester is underway at UNCW, and I want you to know how proud I am of this university and the many contributions each one of you will make to its ongoing success. During Move-In on Saturday, more than 1,860 dedicated campus and community volunteers helped over 2,100 freshmen start their UNCW experience, Seahawk-style. We’re going to keep the energy going with many other great events. See “UNCWelcome: Jump-In 2016” for details.
Hundreds of faculty and staff members were among Saturday’s volunteers. Thank you – we couldn’t have done it without you! More evidence of your generosity: I want to recognize our faculty and staff for generously contributing to UNCW last fiscal year, setting a single-year record for fundraising and generating $14.9 million in support for students, faculty, programs and facilities.
Our newest students are coming to us from 88 counties in North Carolina, 37 states and 9 countries. We’re also bringing in nearly 1,600 transfer students. Enrollment in our graduate and doctoral programs is also going well; the very first class to register for our Doctor of Nursing Practice program starts this fall. Overall, more than 15,000 students are enrolled at UNCW.
As the fall semester takes shape, I encourage you to spend some time reviewing UNCW’s Strategic Plan, developed by the campus community to guide our growth through 2021. The plan envisions a university recognized for its continued excellence, its global focus and its community engagement; and places extra emphasis on students as the reason we are all here.
Some other points to share:
- The 2016 Appropriations Act provides a one and one-half percent (1.5%) legislative increase to base salaries, effective July 1, 2016, for all eligible state employees, to include EHRA and SHRA. The 1.5% increase will be delivered in the August 2016 paycheck. The legislature also provided funds for one-time bonuses (0.5% across the board for all employees and some based on merit). More information on the distribution of those funds, as well as internal university funds for equity and excellence, will be provided as soon as it is available
- Since this is an election year, I urge you to make your voices heard and encourage your peers and students to participate in our nation’s democratic process as well. Mark your calendars for “UNCW Votes Week,” Sept. 26-30. Visit this informative voter registration site prepared by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement for more details.
- This week, you’ll see a message from other campus leaders regarding the civility with which we expect our community to approach election season and, really, everything we do at UNCW. We are committed to supporting our campus as a marketplace of ideas, but equally committed to ensuring that we treat each other with respect and maintain an environment of dignity at UNCW.
I am looking forward to all we will accomplish together this year.
Jose V. Sartarelli
Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5931