Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Feb. 1, 2017

Dear Seahawk Community,

UNCW began the year with a great deal of momentum thanks to the achievements of our faculty, staff and students. Based on the strength of our marine and coastal sciences, UNCW has been selected to participate in a $250 million partnership to boost development and manufacturing of new biopharmaceuticals. Our online programs also earned accolades; the university’s Master of Science in Clinical Research and Product Development -- ranked 1st on a list of the 10 most affordable programs of that type!

Our Strategic Plan emphasizes the importance of student success, and we were recognized in January as one of only 11 universities featured in a recent U.S. Department of Education report that highlights best practices in increasing college completion rates. Providing students with experiences for life inspires UNCW's Division of Student Affairs, which is just one of the many reasons why the division was recently named one of 2017's Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.

Congratulations are in order for Interim Vice Provost Cathy Barlow, who was named president nominee of the Rotary Club of Downtown Wilmington; Watson College of Education Professor Robert Smith, who was tapped as the first recipient of the Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professorship in Education; and Michael Wilhelm, associate vice chancellor for international programs, who was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American International Recruitment Council, a group that sets the standards for international student recruitment.

In January, we hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hawk Wheels program, which is the first bike share program implemented in the UNC system. The Office of Housing and Residence Life and the Department of Campus Life collaborated with AT&T to bring virtual reality technology to campus for a demonstration about the dangers associated with texting and driving. 

The Seabelles, a student performance group, were selected to compete in the quarterfinals of the International Collegiate Championship of A Cappella, the Seahawk Club achieved record membership, our women’s basketball team celebrated a big victory over the College of Charleston on Jan. 29  and our men's basketball team is just days away from a Homecoming matchup against Delaware on Feb. 4.

Homecoming always is a special time on campus for our students and alumni, and we have reunions, the African American Graduate Association Luncheon, TEALgate celebration and much more on the schedule Feb. 3-5. Later this spring (March 15-17), UNCW will welcome a collection of shellfish entrepreneurs and experts to campus for Fish 2.0, a workshop focused on developing technologies and ventures that promote a sustainable shellfish industry.

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli


Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Wilmington, NC 28403-5931

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