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Chancellor Sartarelli

December 2016

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

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.

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli


CAS Commencement 2016

Two thousand undergraduates, graduate students and doctoral candidates participated in fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10. Take a look at the photo gallery of both ceremonies.

Kenan Faculty Holiday Party

Chancellor and Mrs. Sartarelli enjoyed hosting holiday events at Kenan House for faculty, staff, alumni and donors.

Somer Lewis and Bob Tyndall

Somer Lewis (right), director of of the Professional Development System in the Watson College of Education, is the 2016 recipient of the Robert E. Tyndall Service Award. The award was named in honor of Dr. Tyndall (left), who served as dean of WCE's predecessor, the Watson School of Education.

Honors Medallion Ceremony

The Honors College recognized its graduating Wilmington Fellows during the Honors Medallion Ceremony. Fellows received special tassels to wear during fall commencement.

Kenan Ornaments

The festive tree ornaments at Kenan House were created by students in the Transition Program for Young Adults at the Watson College of Education.

Jessie Jarvis

Jessie Jarvis, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Biology

Stephania Bloodworth '00

Stephania Bloodworth '00, Vice President, African American Graduate Association Steering Committee

Scott Nooner

Scott Nooner, Associate Professor and Volcano Researcher

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