UNCW in the News

March 17-21

Officials offer loose concepts for Wilmington’s ‘brand
Port City Daily
Focuses tightened Friday in the mission to “brand” greater Wilmington. Rough concepts—not proposals by any stretch—went to paper in a stage of refining all the brainstorming that’s taken place over the past several months as business, community and government officials attempt to produce a catchy slogan this area could market for economic development.

Book Notes: Up-and-coming authors find literary home at Ecotone
Ecotone, a literary journal based at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, was founded in 2005. Since then, twice a year, the journal has published fiction, nonfiction and poetry by up-and-coming authors and established awardwinners

Poverty conference scheduled for Wednesday at UNCW
Star News
Taking the Pulse on Poverty will be held 7-9 p.m. March 19 at the Cameron Hall Auditorium at UNC Wilmington. The conference will focus on poverty, specifically food insecurity, in Southeastern NC and will feature a research presentation from Tazra Mitchell of the N.C. Budget and Tax Center.

Cape Fear Museum seeks to replace aging ‘Starlab’; fundraiser luncheon scheduled this Thursday
Port City Daily
Cape Fear Museum is hosting a fundraiser called the “Reach for the Stars” luncheon, on Thursday, March 20. “Purchased in 1995, Starlab has seen thousands of visitors from every third-grader in New Hanover County (free of charge) to educators at UNCW’s Center for Education in STEM.

UNCW Track & Field Sweeps Home Meet
Beach Carolina
UNCW combined to win eight events between the men and women as the Seahawks swept both meets of the UNCW Seahawk Invitational on Saturday at the Greene Track & Field Complex

UNCW Sports - 3 wins in a row for women's tennis
Star News
The UNCW women's tennis team won its third straight match with a 6-1 verdict over visiting North Carolina Central on Saturday at the UNCW courts.

Seahawks snatch walk-off victory over Indiana State
Star News
Strong pitching from Mat Batts and Kelly Secrest gave UNCW (8-8) a chance on an afternoon its offense stayed mostly dormant, and the Seahawks managed to scratch out a final run when it counted against Indiana State (12-2).

Diamond Hawks get walk-off win; UNCW softball ready for weekend series
Port City Daily
Josh Abshire’s one-out single plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as UNCW ended Indiana State’s 12-game winning streak with a 3-2 win Friday at Brooks Field.

Late-game collapses may haunt Seahawks
Star News
UNCW's baseball season began a month ago, laden with the expectations that come along with back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. An uneven start hasn't changed the team's goals, but the Seahawks may lament missed opportunities like Saturday months from now when the postseason field begins to take shape.

Seahawks down Tribe in CAA Tournament; UNCW Track & Field to honor seniors, past greats
Port City Daily
Junior Kelva Atkins poured in a game-high 21 points to lead five players in double figures as ninth-seeded UNCW defeated eighth-seeded William & Mary 67-65 in the first round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship Thursday at Show Place Arena.

UNCW sports briefs - golf team in seventh place
Star News
Freshman Preston Harrington and senior Ryan Nagy carded opening-round two-under-par 70s for UNCW in the Seahawk Intercollegiate on Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall’s Nicklaus Course. UNCW enters the final round in seventh place.

UNF Defeats No. 52 Seahawks, 5-2
Beach Carolina
Host North Florida claimed the doubles point in narrow fashion and then added four singles victories to beat No. 52 UNCW, 5-2, in men’s tennis action Friday at the UNF Tennis Complex.

Eddie Biedenbach wears interim tag at UNCW
Buzz Peterson is out. Eddie Biedenbach is still in, but for how long? "Whenever they said I would be the interim head coach I asked for how long will that be?" Eddie Biedenbach said. "Until we do a national search, which I assume they want to be done quickly.” The search, which is already underway, will likely last 3 to 6 weeks.

UNCW to offer part-time master’s in social work
Port City Daily
To meet the state’s growing need for highly trained and educated people in the field, UNC Wilmington is offering a part-time master’s degree program next semester.

New test to decide if UNCW education students become teachers
Star News
Starting this fall, some education majors at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and other UNC-system schools will be taking a new test to determine whether they'll become teacher

NC Black Film Festival announces winners
Star News
The NC Black Film festival wrapped up its 13th annual event Sunday night by announcing this year's award winners. In second place was the locally filmed "The Piano Entertainer: Stompin' Grenoldo Frazier" from University of North Carolina Wilmington professor Maurice Martinez.

Churning Out Machinima Projects
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Anyone who witnessed the birth of MTV probably remembers the video for Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing.” The video helped pave the way for what Gelardi, a University of North Carolina Wilmington student, and his business partner. The pair has racked up more than 55 million views on their YouTube and other online video channels, selling the soundtracks to the videos through iTunes.

UNCW baseball game rescheduled
Due to rain, UNCW's baseball game at Coastal Carolina, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will now be played on Wednesday. Game time remains 6 p.m. at Field at Pelicans Park.
Other coverage: Star News

Hoops (M): Coaching candidates to know
Star News
Athletic director Jimmy Bass has declined comment on the search process beyond confirming that he had a short list of candidates ready and interim coach Eddie Biedenbach will be considered for the permanent job. In a brief phone interview Monday, he said, “we’re working hard.”

A musical riff on “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Fantsticks” traces the lives of a boy and his girl next door. When UNCW Presents announced that the Nebraska Theatre Caravan touring production would be coming to Kenan Auditorium, I almost burst with excitement! I have long wanted to sit down and pick Shane Fernando’s brain about how he puts together a season for UNCW Presents and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to.

Musical prodigy Bela Fleck and his talented wife, Abigail Washburn, will perform at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium on Thursday, March 27.

Hope Edelman to speak
Star News
Visiting author Hope Edelman, author of the best-selling “Motherless Daughters,” will give a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Kenan Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Two Peas in a Pod: UNCW theatre group showcases two original student-written plays for second weekend
UNCW’s STAGE Company allows folks from all majors—film, creative writing, business, theatre—to join the company in order to perform, produce, direct, and write a host of scripts for the community at large to see. This weekend they’ll produce “The Write Stuff,” featuring two original plays by student playwrights, at Browncoat Pub and Theatre.

The Lasting Supper: Fund-raising dinner aims to sustain regional food industry
What started in 2006 to help farmers create greater marketability across 11 counties east of I-74 and I-95—and create a shorter distance from farm to fork—has evolved into a viable nonprofit known as Feast Down East (FDE).
Story also covered byStar News

UNCW student-athletes give back through Habitat for Humanity
Port City Daily
UNCW’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hopes to build a stronger relationship in the community by continuing to encourage student-athletes to volunteer with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

Baseball: Cory Gantz to start vs. Coastal Carolina
Star News
UNCW baseball coach Mark Scalf continues to sort out roles on his pitching staff, a process made more difficult by recent injuries and ineffectiveness. Freshman right-hander Cory Gantz will get a chance to state his case for more regular work when he makes his first career start Wednesday against Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m. in Myrtle Beach.

Films create opportunities
Star News (Op-ed from Film Studies Chair David Monahan)
I'm a film professor; my colleagues and I teach young people how to analyze, critique and make movies. Since our program produces young filmmakers and scholars, you might describe our role in the business of motion pictures as mostly speculative. When we educate students, we're investing in what they do with that education after they leave UNCW. Naturally, we follow our investments closely.

Conference on poverty spotlights food insecurity
Star News
Taking the the Pulse on Poverty, the third annual conference at theUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington, showed that even though the economy made improvements since the Great Recession, poverty has not declined.

Don't Stereotype Startups in Wilmington
Exit Event
NextGlass is an example of the type of startup incubating at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Center has become the city's central gathering place for networking and education about building companies.

NIEHS Helps Launch Marine Biotechnology Facility
NIH Record
NIEHS grantee Dr. Daniel Baden has a new home for his research into the potential health benefits of a toxic marine microorganism. The 69,000 square-foot Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) center is an innovative public-private partnership to advance health research and translation. As its UNCW web site proclaims, “MARBIONC is in the business of transforming the mysteries of the deep into the miracles of the marketplace.”

Student-penned comedies have ‘The Write Stuff'
Star News
A pair of bed sheets, two strings of Christmas lights, a few interchangeable tables and chairs, and a healthy dose of imagination. That's all it takes for the students behind the University of North Carolina Wilmington's STAGE Company to bring the original work of three classmates to life in "The Write Stuff."

The Scene: ‘SNL’ cast member to bring stand-up to UNCW
Port City Daily
“Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium.

UNCW Sports - Tennis team tops Yale
Star News
No. 55 UNCW bounced back after losing the doubles point by taking five singles matches for a 5-2 victory over visiting Yale in men’s tennis Wednesday at the UNCW courts.

CAA Singles Out UNCW’s Christine Kharkevich
Beach Carolina
Sophomore Christine Kharkevitch of UNCW has been selected the Colonial Athletic Association’s women’s tennis singles Player-of-the-Week.

Diamond Hawks outlast Coastal Carolina; Seahawk netters top Yale
Port City Daily
Senior Ryan LaGrange knocked in two runs and was one of five Seahawkswith two hits as UNCW outlasted Coastal Carolina 7-3 in a four-hour, 15-minute marathon baseball game at Ticketreturn.com Field.

UNCW basketball coaching job posted
Star News
It's been a little more than a week since UNCW fired men's basketball coach Buzz Peterson. The job is now posted online for anyone to apply. Here's a look at a few of the possible candidates in the rumor mill with varying levels of UNCW ties.

UNCW students present "The Write Stuff"
STAGE Company presents a double feature, The Write Stuff, written completely by UNCW students. They'll be performing YOLO and Birthday Witch tonight through Sunday at the Browncoat Pub & Theater in downtown Wilmington.

Tough schedule doesn’t leave UNCW much margin for error
Star News
Coach Mark Scalf challenged UNCW with a nonconference gauntlet, and the Seahawks have taken their share of bumps along the way in a 9-10 start. They've been competitive almost every time out, but have often paid for their mistakes against quality competition.

Hoops (M): Nik Brown plans to open up recruitment
Star News
Nik Brown took the patient approach for the first week ofUNCW’scoaching search, but now the former Longwood point guard said he will begin exploring his options at other schools.

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