UNCW in the News

April 7-11

Summer school revamp proposed at UNCW
Star News
Summer school at the University of North Carolina Wilmington could soon look different, including paying faculty a bit more to teach during the summer months.

UNCW lays out vision for athletics facilities
UNC Wilmington fundraisers armed with new artistic renderings are visiting major donors to gauge their interest in paying for a slate of new athletics facilities that university officials say are sorely needed.

UNCW launches week of health programs
Star News
Health moves to the forefront at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Monday. The college is hosting a full week of events, kicking off with a forum, “State of the Region’s Health” on Monday.

Charleston's Digital Corridor Could Offer Lessons for Wilmington
The expansion of the Digital Corridor is one of Charleston, South Carolina’s chief growth strategies. It's an economic development initiative that puts the focus on knowledge-based companies. Before Executive Director Ernest Andrade takes the podium Tuesday as keynote speaker at UNCW’s WITX, he shares some of the lessons Wilmington can learn.

Chamber Music Wilmington 'taking a breather'
Star News
Sunday night's concert in UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall will mark a swan song of sorts for Chamber Music Wilmington.

Friends, colleagues say Keatts is right man for UNCW turnaround
Star News
UNCW officials are now banking on Keatts to return the Seahawks to national relevance. Those closest to him on his 18-year journey in coaching believe Keatts is the right man for the difficult job. Friends and colleagues describe him as a hard worker and gifted recruiter with the infectious optimism necessary to turn around a struggling program.

Editorial - A successful program should be judged on more than wins and losses
Star News
As new coach Kevin Keatts settles in at UNCW, let’s hope officials stress that, while winning is nice, academics are non-negotiable. As part of his contract, Keatts will get an annual $10,000 bonus if his players score above 960 on the NCAA’s “Academic Progress Rate,” which measures how well athletic programs live up to the standard for student athletes.

UNCW women's tennis extends win streak to 9
The red-hot UNCW women's tennis team closed out a perfect dual match season in the Colonial Athletic Association by swamping visiting James Madison, 6-1, in the home finale for the Seahawks early Sunday at the UNCW courts.

UNCW's Adams breaks through with her first victory
Star News
Cindy Ho kept the trophy presentation brief following the 14th-annual UNCW Seahawk Classic on Sunday afternoon. The UNCW women's golf coach didn't want to start crying in a long-awaited moment.

UNCW women’s tennis earns top seed in CAA; Adams captures Seahawk Invite at River Landing
Port City Daily
The UNCW women’s tennis team closed out a perfect dual-match season in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) by defeating visiting James Madison 6-1 in the home finale for the Seahawks early Sunday at the UNCW courts.

Tribe take series against Seahawks
Nick Thompson had three hits, including his ninth homer of the season, scored four runs and knocked in three as William & Mary beat UNCW, 10-2, to win the Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday at Plumeri Park.

Seahawk netters top ECU; UNCW track records fall
Port City Daily
Senior RafaelAita upset No. 22 Joran Vliegen as 44th-ranked UNCW blanked East Carolina 7-0 in men’s tennis action Saturday at the UNCW Courts.

UNCW roundup - Seahawks drop CAA baseball series
Star News
UNCW senior Payne McLeod posted his third top-10 finish of the season to lead the Seahawks at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate at The Club on Irish Creek on Sunday.

Collaboration targets health of 5-county region
Star News
Panelists and speakers at the State of the Region's Health forum focused on how organizational collaboration could improve health for residents of Southeastern North Carolina. The forum, organized by the University of North Carolina Wilmington's College of Health and Human Services, brought together area health leaders to discuss working together across geographic boundaries.

Partnership Connects Centers To Benefit Startups
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Area tech startups now have access to a broader and more enhanced network of resources, thanks to a new partnership announced recently between the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRCNC).

UNCW grad student designs drone software
Jason Gillikin, a UNCW graduate student, is seeing the college campus in a whole new way, thanks to his master's thesis project. Gillikin will present his drone Tuesday at UNCW's WITX conference.

EVENT April 26: ILM, UNCW offer chance for disabled passengers to learn airport routine
Star News
ILM and UNCW will soon offer families and passengers with disabilities a chance to experience the airport. This event will provide families with the chance to practice the entire flight process. Current graduate students from UNCW’s clinical psychology graduate program will also be volunteering at this event.

Growing gardeners: Feast Down East employee cultivates healthy habits, life lessons in students
Port City Daily
Wilmington-based Feast Down East was one of six FoodCorps members who, along with D.C. school children, helped First Lady Michelle Obama plant the 1,500-square-foot presidential kitchen garden last week.

Hoops (M): Kevin Keatts wants UNCW to be “best-conditioned team in the country”
Star News
Kevin Keatts didn’t shy away from promises in his introductory press conference last week. The former Louisville assistant talked about his intention to play an entertaining up-tempo style and added UNCW “will be the best conditioned team in the country.”

UNCW's Mat Batts named CAA Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week
UNCW senior Mat Batts was honored for the second time in as many weeks by the Colonial Athletic Association following his dominant start against William & Mary, the nation's top offensive program, in an 8-2 win last Friday.
Other coverage: Star News and Port City Daily

UNCW hosts 11th annual Wilmington Information Technology Exchange
UNCW hosted more than 350 area professionals for the 11th annual Wilmington Information Technology Exchange (WITX) today with students and faculty exhibits.

Using a digital corridor to help companies thrive and grow
The 11th annual Wilmington Information Technology eXchange kicked off Tuesday afternoon on the campus of UNCW. According to the university, the event is designed to bring students, faculty, staff and local technology vendors together to demonstrate the technologies they are developing or implementing.

Official: Incubating Ideas, Talent Key To Local Tech Growth
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Ditch the consultants and reports; mine ideas and talent already available within your community if you want to create a successful technology sector. That statement was among the blunt and specific advice Ernest Andrade offered to his audience at Tuesday’s Wilmington Information Technology Exchange (WITX) at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

My Turn: Are drones helpful or an invasion of privacy?
In the past few days, our news team profiled a graduate student from UNCW who made a drone for his thesis. Thinking the drone could help in an ocean rescue, he included software to help identify people who might need help in the water, showing that drones can be helpful during disasters and other emergency operations.

Retaining Power: UNCW closes season with theatre of the absurd’s ‘Ubu Rex’
UNCW will be closing their 2013-14 season over the next two weekends with the theatre department’s final show of the year. Actor, director, and lecturer at UNCW, Ed Wagenseller, will be directing “Ubu Rex,” based on Alfred Jarry’s 1896 surrealist play “Ubu Roi.”

Cooking For Good Causes
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
During the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s Wilmington’s Iron Skillet cook-off April 6 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Burney Center, five area chefs battled to see who could use humble ingredients. Winners were UNCW chefs Ryan Andress andJon-Michael Rehm.

Hoops (M): PG Malik Pugh affirms UNCW commitment
Star News
Malik Pugh affirmed his pledge to the Seahawks on Monday. The high school point guard from Tennessee always liked the school and its proximity to his father’s home in the Jacksonville area. After talking with Kevin Keatts by phone several times on Monday, Pugh affirmed his commitment to the Seahawks. He plans to make it official when the signing period opens on April 16.

UNCW's Foster shuts down Camels in 3-0 victory
Star News
UNCW baseball coach Mark Scalf opted to keep the mood light when reached the mound for his first visit of Tuesday's game against Campbell. Players Foster and Secrest made sure those missed opportunities didn't hurt, allowing UNCW to start another five-game week with a victory.

Stylized take on 19th century play 'Ubu Roi' takes its silliness very seriously...
The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Theatre is taking on the granddaddy of all absurdist plays with "Ubu Rex.”

Documentary honors, inspires
Lumina News
“Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten” premiered at University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium on April 5.

Keatts latest to turn Pitino coaching experience into a promotion
On March 27, UNCW named Kevin Keatts the 10th men's basketball coach in program history. This marks the fourth consecutive season Rick Pitino has lost a member of his staff to a Division I head coaching position.

UNCW men's golf team is wrapping up its second Birdies For Kaitlyn campaign
The UNCW men's golf team is wrapping up its second Birdies For Kaitlyn campaign to raise funds for the family of alumnus Derek Brown.

UNCW's McLeod takes home top honors
Drexel sophomore Chris Crawford and UNCW's Payne McLeod honored as CAA Men's Golfer of the Week after strong play intheir respective tournaments.

Diamond Hawks blank NC Central; UNC-G sinks UNCW softball
Port City Daily
Ryan LaGrange had three hits and knocked in two runs as UNCW tossed its second straight shutout with a 9-0 white-washing of host North Carolina Central on Wednesday at the Durham Athletic Park.
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UNCW ends mainstage season with quirky production
UNCW is closing its mainstage production season with an odd play called Ubu Rex by David Copelin.

Array of color, life on Azalea Garden Tour
Port City Daily
The Cape Fear Garden Club Inc. sponsors the tour and provides scholarships at UNCW and Cape Fear Community College and supports conservation on Battery Island.

Azalea Festival queen takes first tour of Wilmington
Several members of the queen’s court consider the event something of a homecoming. Elizabeth Baker, wearing the Miss Garner 2014 tiara, spent five years at UNCW, and now works in Raleigh with the accounting degree earned here.

Wilmington 10 member writes memoir
Wayne Moore has announced that hisbook “Triumphant Warrior: Memoir of a Soul Survivor” will be officially releasedMay 9in Ann Arbor, Mich. Moore has been visiting Wilmington this week and spoke Wednesday (April 9) to classes at UNCW.

UNCW sports briefs -- McLeod wins CAA award
UNCW senior Payne McLeod posted a seventh-place finish at the Irish Creek Collegiate and was named Co-Golfer-of-the-Week by the Colonial AthleticAssociation.

UNCW, NC State to play in second annual 'Harry's Game'
Port City Daily
In an effort to bring awareness to Down syndrome and improve tolerance and understanding of children with special needs, the UNCW men's soccer team will play in a charity match against the N.C. State Wolfpack on Saturday, April 12.

Hitting woes leave Seahawks hungry to make fixes
UNCW has spent the first half of the season searching for consistency at the plate, squandered chances outnumbering timely hits.

ACC stars shine in barnstorming tour exhibition
The ACC all-stars played a team of high school seniors, plus graduating UNCW walk-on Marcus Graham, to a mostly packed house Thursday.

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