News & Announcements

Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair – Feb. 13

WCE’s CESTEM will host the 2016 Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 13. Nearly 200 students from 13 counties will participate in the event, which will be held at the Watson College. The event is free and open to the public.
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3rd Annual First 2,000 Days Community Summit – Feb. 15

“Building Resiliency in Our Community for Young Children” is the theme of this year’s First 2,000 Days Summit, which will be held Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bridge Church in Wilmington. Rev. Dr. Clifford Barnett, chair of the UNCW Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition, was featured in a recent StarNews story about the event, which is presented by Smart Start of New Hanover County in collaboration with the Wilmington faith community. Registration for the free event is now open. Learn more >

MarineQuest Cetacean Celebration Family Event – Feb. 20

UNCW’s MarineQuest is excited to present a 2016 Cetacean Celebration Family Event! Come discover the different marine mammal species that can be found in our coastal waters. Explore their adaptation in MarineQuest’s life-size inflatable right whale and learn how they communicate and feed. The event will be held on Feb. 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is now open. Learn more >

Student Diversity Forum, Feb. 23 from 3:30-5pm in EB 162

Maya Youth Documentaries – Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.

The UNCW Centro Hispano is hosting a showing of Maya Youth Documentaries, created by Indigenous participants in the Maya Traditions Foundation Chapter of the Unlocking Silent Histories' critical and creative expression program. Join us as we screen documentary shorts that provide a window into Maya life in Guatemala, as seen through the eyes of youth. Our Journey to the Smithsonian Screening Series features new films at each event. Films will be followed by a discussion.

Miracles in Motion 5K and Accessible Base Race – Feb. 27

The Watson College is proud to be a silver sponsor of the Miracles in Motion 5K and Accessible Base Race, the largest fundraiser for The Miracle League of Wilmington. The event will be held at BRAX Stadium in Olsen Park on Feb. 27. Registration is now open. Learn more >

2015 WCE Public Speaker Series

CushnerFrances O’Connell Rust, University of Pennsylvania

The Problem IS the Practice: Defining Teacher Education in a Social Media Revolution

Frances O’Connell Rust is a Senior Fellow and Director of Teacher Education programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and Professor Emeritus, New York University Steinhardt School of Education.

Her awards include the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award (1985), the Association of Teacher Educators’ award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education (2001) and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators’ Outstanding Teacher Educator Award (2008).

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PDS 2015-2016 Combined Calendar

2015 begins a new cycle of partnership for WCE and our surrounding school districts. In June we celebrated the signing of our 2015-2018 PDS school-university partnership agreements. We are looking forward to three more years of continued collaboration with our surrounding 12 school districts and two charter schools! With the close of the last partnership cycle, two distinct PDS initiatives came to end. In the coming weeks, our office will share information regarding the continuation of these revised programs: Master Teachers and Partnership in Action. Over the summer, revisions to these programs were made based on faculty, PDS partner, and PDS Advisory Board feedback. We are excited to share these opportunities for faculty to work more intensely with teachers and administrators in our partnership schools!

Second, as you may know, each year our office works to create a combined calendar reflecting important dates for each district/school in our partnership. The combined calendar is downloadble, but can also be accessed using the link below. You will also notice that this page on our PDS website provides easy access to all district-specific calendars in our partnership.

As a reminder, the PDS office continues to send Friday Updates to our school partners every other week via email. If you have items you would like to share during the spring semester, please contact Somer Lewis at

UNCW Employee Discount Website

Be sure to check out the UNCW Employee Discount website to see the latest in discounts. Some of the latest additions include: Ann Taylor Loft, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, J Crew, La Bella Forma, New York & Co., S. Burke Jewelry, Costco and Sam's Club.

UNCW employees also get a discount at Brixx Pizza, Carolina Alehouse, Chris's Cosmic Kitchen, Fat Tony's, Foster's Grille, The George, Just Because Chocolates, Islands Grille, South n' France, Texas Roadhouse, Trolly Stop and more.

Check the site to see all the great discounts that are offered exclusively to UNCW employees. To suggest businesses that you would like to see in the program or to submit the names of businesses interested in participating e-mail

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