Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

April 3, 2017

Dear Seahawk Community,

We had much to celebrate recently as our students, faculty and staff earned fantastic recognition for their accomplishments. Congratulations to Honors College students Tiffany Ernst ’17, who received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her research in the Netherlands, and to Mary Jaskowiak ’17, who won first prize in the latest BB&T Discovery Forum Series. On the faculty front, the UNC Board of Governors presented an Award for Excellence in Teaching to psychology professor Carrie Clements. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior appointed staff member Sean Palmer, director of the university’s Upperman African American Cultural Center, to the regional Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

Cassidy Collins ’20, who has lived through six heart procedures to address a congenital heart defect, represented the American Heart Association at a healthcare presentation in Washington, D.C., on March 16, and four Seahawks from the back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association champion men’s basketball team were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 10 team. The entire team produced a record-breaking season that concluded with a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. We appreciate the leadership of Coach Kevin Keatts and wish him well for the future. On April 3, we officially announced C.B. McGrath as the new head coach of men's basketball. 

The Creative Writing Department celebrated a big moment when We Show What We Have Learned, written by author Clare Beams and published by Lookout Books, was named a finalist for The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. Lookout Books is the department’s literary book imprint. We also announced a terrific new partnership with Opera Wilmington that will bolster our performance and education programs.

In closing, I want to thank each and every one of the 1,369 donors who participated in our most ambitious one-day giving challenge to date. On March 21, students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents worked together to raise more than $235,000 for UNCW.

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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