UNCW in the News

April 28-May 2

Autism takes flight at ILM
UNCW and Coastal Autism Solutions teamed up with Wilmington's International Airport to put on its first airport training for families with autistic children.

Two businesses out of UNCW offer new tools for teachers
Star News
Debbie Powell, an associate professor in UNCW’s Watson College of Education, and Alex Vidor, who's getting his MBA in UNCW's Cameron School of Business, have new businesses with different models but the same goal: helping teachers.

Last of the baby boomers turn 50 this year
Star News
This year, the last members of the baby boom turn 50. "Studies show the idea of moving into a senior community just doesn't appeal to these people," said Alissa Dark-Freudeman, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, who specializes in aging issues.

CFCC announces new director of the CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center
Cape Fear Community College announced Friday the appointment of Shane Fernando as the director of the CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center. Fernando has worked at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for the past nine years as Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs.
Other coverage: Port City Daily and Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Theater Review – ‘Forget About It’
Star News
In “Forget About It,” an original play written by UNCW student Z.F. Mims, Daniel wakes up convinced it’s a warm June day, when in reality, it’s cold January, seven months later. He makes his way down to a familiar coffee shop, where he re-meets Molly (Maria Howard) who claims to be an acquaintance he made just months prior.

Resumed studio tours lift curtain on local film industry
Port City Daily
A few minutes into the resumed studio tours at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, a group of film fans and curiosity seekers found themselves transported to the heart of Chester’s Mill—the fictional town that’s the setting for the CBS series “Under the Dome.” Zach Davenport was one of the UNCW film students who lead tours, which have resumed after a three-year hiatus.

Pilot program aims to help save beaches
Star News
A new pilot program called "The Carolina Shore Tour" aims to educate both residents and tourists about the ecosystems on Brunswick's barrier islands and the Cape Fear region. Sabrina Woofter, area extension agent, leads the tours. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., she has a master's degree in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has been an extension agent for the past year.

David Pierce – 2014 Pleasure Island Entrepreneur of the Year
Beach Carolina
The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center has selected David Pierce, owner of The Lazy Pirate in Carolina Beach and the new Carolina Beach Boatyard and Marina as the winner of the 8th Annual Pleasure Island Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014.

UNCW finishes 4th at CAA Championship
UNCW placed three golfers in the top-10 but was unable to defend its Colonial Athletic Association title as league newcomer College of Charleston captured the championship by seven strokes over Towson. UNCW finished fourth.

Local ballplayers shine at the college level
Port City Daily
It was a good weekend for some local ballplayers at the college level as two former Ashley High School standouts contributed to wins in the ACC, while Steven Linkous (North Brunswick) and Ryan LaGrange (Laney) have taken over the left side of the infield for UNCW.

Blue Hens down Diamond Hawks 7-3
Doug Trimble's three hits and Alex Mottle's two doubles fueled Delaware's 14 –hit attack as the Blue Hens evened their Colonial Athletic Association series with UNCW following a 7-3 win on Saturday at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Area sports briefs - UNCW baseball, softball lose on the road
Star News
Ryan Hartley’s two-out single in the bottom of the eighth scored Zach Lopes with the go-ahead run as Delaware topped UNCW, 4-3, to win a vital Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday at Bob Hannah Stadium. Highlighted by a pair of four-run innings, Towson plated nine unanswered runs to erase a 2-0 deficit and cruise to a 9-2 victory over UNCW in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series Sunday at the Towson Softball Complex.

UNCW baseball, softball drop series finales
Port City Daily
Ryan Hartley’s two-out single in the bottom of the eighth scored Zach Lopes with the go-ahead run as Delaware topped UNCW 4-3 to win a vital Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) series on Sunday at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Financial accountability training available
Jacksonville Daily News
UNCW’s Quality Enhancement for Non-profit Organizations (QENO) will host a series on non-profit financial accountability at Coastal Carolina Community College May 6, 13 and 20, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the Melton Skills Center. Teaching the courses are Andy Atkinson and Natasha Davis, who have 45 years of combined experience in non-profit financial management.

UNCW baseball weekly report
Port City Daily
The Seahawks had a 2-3 week, picking up a 10-7 win over future CAA member Elon before posting a 5-1 victory in the opener of their league series at Delaware. With 10 games to go on the schedule, UNCW sits in fourth place in the CAA standings and return to the diamond Friday for the start of their final regular season home series as the Seahawks host first-place College of Charleston.

Aita, Sekely honored at UNCW athletic awards banquet
Star News
Tennis players Rafael Aita and Angie Sekely swept the Thomas V. Moseley awards as UNCW’s top athletes at Monday’s athletic awards banquet.
Other coverage: WWAY

UNCW roundup -- Aita, Sekely honored
Star News
Tennis players Rafael Aita and Angie Sekely swept the Thomas V. Moseley awards as UNCW's top athletes at Monday's athletic awards banquet. Both players were honored as Colonial Athletic Association players of the year earlier this month and led their respective teams to conference titles.

Baseball: UNCW and the CAA Tournament
Star News
At this point, UNCW baseball will need to win the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on its home field to make the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. After dropping two of three at Delaware over the weekend, the Seahawks have to be more concerned about making the conference tournament.

Community leaders set to take action against youth violence
The issue of gang and youth violence exploded in Wilmington last summer. Despite months of debates and public forums, many are upset that there's still very little being done by the City of Wilmington. Moving forward, the group of city councilors, church members, and community leaders has decided to ask UNCW to convene local service providers to identify who will do what regarding recommendations in the report and any other needed actions.
Story also covered by: Star News

UNCW’s Adams has poetry cited
Star News
Lavonne Adams was a finalist in the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, an annual contest conducted by the non-profit North Carolina Writers’ Network. A graduate of UNCW, Adams is coordinator of the MFA program in the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Poetry Review, Missouri Review and more than 50 other publication.

Student projects help local nonprofits
Star News
In addition to their normal school activities, this semester a number of students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have been busy working on projects for local nonprofit organizations. As part of a unique course, Nonprofit Leadership Experience, students have completed projects benefiting nonprofit organizations in our region.

Interest in local food draws younger farmers to the field
Star News
The average age of a farmer in North Carolina was 58.9 in 2012, up from 57.3 in 2007, according to data from the federal Department of Agriculture. “There's a lot of young farmers coming to us for help,” said Jane Steigerwald, director of Feast Down East, a nonprofit that helps small-scale farmers with limited resources build and sustain farms, then sell crops to local markets.

Construction underway on new rain garden
Construction on a new rain garden next to the Tidal Creek Co-op on Oleander Drive began Monday and is expected to be finished by the end of the week. The garden installation has been a combined effort between the City of Wilmington, NC State University, UNCW, The Surfrider Foundation, and the Tidal Creek Co-op.

UNCW men's tennis team going to Virginia regional
Playing in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Regionals isn’t new to UNCW, but this year’s destination for the Seahawks sure is. The Seahawks, two-time Colonial Athletic Association defending champions, found out that they’re headed to Charlottesville, Va., for the NCAA Regionals after Tuesday’s selection show on NCAA.com.
Other coverage: WWAY

New UNCW hoops coach knows every roster spot has a role
Star News
Kevin Keatts bypassed the NCAA's lone live evaluation period until July to host recruits on campus over the weekend. The new UNCW men's basketball coach has at least two scholarships open for next season and plans to be selective handing them out late in the process.

Editorial - Preventing violence will take action, not just an action plan
Star News
It is clear that Wilmington residents and community leaders desperately want to put a stop to the violence that is destroying the lives of many of our young people. A recommendation to bring UNCW to the table – searching for communities that have made a dent in youth violence and bringing some of their ideas here – is a sound one. The university has research capabilities that can be of great assistance in finding what works.

Occupation of the East
Our State
Written by Philip Gerard, chairman of the department of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Eastern North Carolina becomes a grim battleground in the fight for control of the state.

Politics-driven Read to Achieve a path to failure for NC
News & Observer
Op-Ed by Janna Siegel Robertson, professor of education at UNC Wilmington, and co-coordinator of the UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition
Across North Carolina, this has been the worst third-grade year in memory for teachers, students and families. The General Assembly’s requirement that third-graders must pass the End of Grade reading exam in order to be promoted has drained countless third-grade classes of the excitement that comes with reading and learning and turned the last months of third grade into a slog of worksheets, test practice and stress.

Meredith Edwards returns home for Cape Fear Indie Film Fest
Star News
Meredith Edwards looks back on her “best four years” in Wilmington as a theater major at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a time when she “blossomed and grew into the artist” she is today. “Imagine I’m Beautiful,” her official directorial debut, screens 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Browncoat Pub and Theater.

Baseball: Injury updates on Corey Dick, Jordan Ramsey and Ryan LaGrange
Star News
Corey Dick played catch with a teammate Tuesday afternoon before UNCW baseball began its practice in earnest. The slugging first baseman hasn’t played since injuring his left knee on April 22. Dick is unlikely to play this weekend against College of Charleston, but he still hopes to play this season, according to coach Mark Scalf.

UNCW golfer earns bid to NCAA Regional
Port City Daily
UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams received an individual entry into the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., this week.

News & Notes - Fishing tourney for disabled; quilt show; writer discusses book; choral concert
Star News
Quilters by the Sea, in conjunction with the North Carolina Symposium, host a Quilt Show May 31, at UNCW’s Warwick Center, 601 S. College Road. The show is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, May 30; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

Three Seahawks honored by Big South Conference
Current UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho and former student-athletes Becky Berzonski and Yunuen Sanchez were recognized by the Big South Conference as the league announced its All-Decade Teams for women's golf on Thursday.

Aita headed to NCAA Singles Championship
Senior men's tennis star Rafael Aita is at it again. The most decorated player in UNCW tennis history late Thursday collected his second invitation to the NCAA Men's Singles Championships. Aita journeyed to Urbana, Ill., last May with doubles tandem Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank to compete in the prestigious event for the first time.

Seahawks eye more hardware at CAA meet
After turning in strong performances at the historic Penn Relays, the UNCW track and field teams head to Harrisonburg, Va., this weekend for the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Championships.

Cougars, Seahawks get new stakes
Star News
Charleston and UNCW, both regular NCAA contenders in the past decade, have history. The teams have played a series of home-and-home midweek games over the past five years, each winning five games. Both coaches said it's natural to expect the rivalry to grow quickly with the new stakes.

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