UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Feb. 2 - 6

UNCW ranked among 'most efficient' colleges
Star News
UNCW has made U.S. News & World Report's list of the country's "most efficient" colleges and universities. Based on operating efficiency, U.S. News compared the spending and educational quality of the institutions with the highest scores for undergraduate academic quality on the "2015 Best Colleges" rankings.

CoastLine: Higher Education in the Cape Fear Region
In less than one year, the Cape Fear region has witnessed the resignations of half a dozen high-profile members of the leadership at UNCW and CFCC. Also announced last month, UNC System President Tom Ross will step down. On this edition of CoastLine, we hear from three key participants in the leadership of higher education in Wilmington including the Interim Chancellor of UNCW.

Transition in UNC System Reflects National Trend, says UNCW Int. Chancellor
North Carolina is a case study for why leaders of institutions of higher education and state policymakers should regularly align their goals. That's according to UNCW's Interim Chancellor, Dr. Bill Sederburg.And Sederburg, who chairs a national task force working on this issue, is making a bold - and public - prediction.

UNCW's Interim Chancellor Works to Connect State & Higher Education Leadership

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities represents 430 colleges and universities, including UNCW. Within that advocacy group, Dr. William Sederburg chairs a national task force that aims to make higher education a state policy priority. He says North Carolina is a perfect example of why such a goal is necessary.

UNCW Search Committee To Begin Interviews In February

Greater Wilmington Business Journal
By the end of February, the committee searching for a new chancellor for University of North Carolina Wilmington hopes to have its current list winnowed to no more than six candidates, according to committee co-chairwoman Wendy Murphy, also a member of the UNCW Board of Trustees and its former chairwoman.

Could Drilling in the Atlantic Harm Fish, Whales, Turtles?
National Geographic
The swath of Atlantic Ocean that may open to oil and gas exploration is an ecologically diverse network. Marine researchers who understand the Atlantic's particular challenges say there are many hidden dangers to consider. "It's possible the risks could be small if everything is done just right," said Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "But that's a really, really, really big if."

Deputy VA Secretary speaks to Wilmington Healthcare workers
Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson took a visit to Wilmington Friday to educate healthcare workers and UNCW students about the transformation the VA is undergoing to improve care.
Additional coverage: WWAY

VA deputy secretary hears from students, and others, who want to help
Fayetteville Observer
With graduation day in sight, nursing student Nicole Shepard knows she wants to use her expertise to care for veterans in a VA hospital. "That's my goal - working in the VA," she said. Her comments, and many others from students at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, were welcomed Friday night by Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs.

UNCW Teaches Teachers About STEM Subjects
Time Warner Cable News
UNC Wilmington schooled educators from across southeastern North Carolina on science, technology, engineering and math lessons. The university's Watson College of Education hosted a K-12 STEM conference to give teachers the opportunity learn more about different teaching methods. In this Connect a Million Minds report, TWC News reporter Breanna Walden tell us how they're learning to practice what they preach.
*This segment aired statewide in all markets: Coastal, Triangle, Sandhills and Charlotte

Moving beyond test and punish
News & Observer (op-ed coauthored by Janna Siegel Robertson)
Federal efforts to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind legislation and the opening of the North Carolina legislative session provide an opportunity for positive action. As parents, teachers and administrators work with elected officials to rein in out-of-control testing, we should keep in mind five key points.

Emails show UNCW officials wanted airtight case for program's end
Star News
UNCW released its report recommending the end of four running teams via e-mail on Dec. 8. The 12-page document was at least two months in the making, with top-level officials from a variety of university departments offering edits. A StarNews review of emails and drafts obtained through a public records request show the lengths Bass and others went to ensure an airtight case. "We worked really hard to be thoughtful and to be thorough and to be fair," Bass said last week.

UNCW track & field's demise was a work in progress
Star News
A StarNews review of university email shows that Interim Chancellor William Sederburg's presentation on the matter to the board of trustees was the final step in a carefully choreographed plan by university officials. Looking closer, there were clear signs of trouble.

State Releases Local Unemployment Figures For December
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Unemployment rates remained relatively flat across the Cape Fear region. The Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area remained the same at 5.4 percent, an improvement from a year earlier when it stood at 7 percent. Some economists consider 5 percent to be indicative of full employment, said William "Woody" Hall, senior economist at UNCW.

Growing Gradually
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
When it comes to predicting how well the Wilmington area's economy will fare in the future, 3 percent is a key figure, a longtime UNCW economist said as he explained his latest forecast.

City council focuses on crime and development
Lumina News
Although nonviolent crimes have notably decreased, violent crimes have grown 7 percent from 2013 to 2014. The Wilmington Police Department has created intelligence and gang analysis positions and assigned gang prosecutors. Proposed solutions include an increase of detectives and affiliation with the University of North Carolina Wilmington to develop diversity training for law enforcement and the community.

PW likes two local authors

Star News (featuring creative writing faculty members David Gessner and Michael White)

Publishers Weekly, the book-review digest that's required reading for librarians and booksellers, might need to hire a Wilmington correspondent. In the past few weeks, the venerable journal has devoted two featured reviews to upcoming books by Port City authors, both of them UNCW faculty members.

UNCW unveils new Seahawks logo
Lumina News
The University of North Carolina Wilmington unveiled its new athletic logo Wednesday, Jan.28, before a crowd of students in Wagoner Hall.

Feast Down East conference kicks off at UNCW


UNCW is hosting the Fifth Feast Down East conference, which kicks off Friday morning.

A Feast of facts to aid chefs, foodies
Star News
Feast Down East, founded in 2006 as a comprehensive food systems network connecting producers in Southeast North Carolina with restaurants, institutional kitchens and other consumers, holds its fifth annual Feast Down East Regional Conference 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 6 at the University of Wilmington North Carolina Wilmington's Burney Center.

Chairman delivers 'State of the County' address amid criticism from commissioner
Port City Daily
Chairman Jonathan Barfield delivered a "State of the County" address at the start of the 6 p.m. meeting. He lauded the county's accomplishments over the past year, such as working with the City of Wilmington; UNCW and CFCC on an economic development initiative that produced the Garner report; and attaining the county's AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor's.

Area jazz festival kicks off with Benny Hill reunion
Star News
The kick-off "Styles of Jazz" concert will be a three-hour celebration of the genre featuring some of the region's - and nation's - best talent. At the top of Thursday's lineup will be the reunion of the original Benny Hill Quartet, a group born during the members' time at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Just because it's under radar doesn't mean jazz isn't thriving
Star News
Benny Hill learned the art of jazz, not in the smoky, dimly lit clubs of New York City, but right here in Wilmington." It was where I grew up musically," said the saxophonist, who got his start in downtown venues in the '90s and whose original Benny Hill Quartet will reform at this week's N.C. Jazz Festival.

History comes alive in stay at Bellamy Mansion's slave quarters
Star News
"This whole experience just opened my eyes," said McKoy, one of 10 people, includingUniversity of North Carolina Wilmingtonemployees and students, who stayed overnight in the building on Jan. 22. Led by The Slave Dwelling Project founder Joseph McGill Jr., the group of mostly public history graduate students was the first to bed down since renovations to the more than 150-year-old structure were completed this past summer.

Turner Gears Up For Black Film Festival
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Charlon Turner is gearing up for this year's N.C. Black Film Festival, which takes place March 26-29. The festival will hold its opening event at Cameron Art Museum and include an event at UNCW's King Hall, in collaboration with film professor Todd Berliner and the Black Film Collective.

Grow Biotech … Be Part of the MARBIONC Advisory Council
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Walking through the Marine Biotechnology Center of North Carolina (MARBIONC) on the UNCW Crest Research Park campus reminds me why I work in economic and community development.

Battle of Forks Road to be commemorated
Star News
For the Battle of Forks Road's 150th anniversary, organizers will be celebrating with re-enactments, speeches and dramatizations. Rebels under Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke dug in across Forks Road to block Union soldiers from Fort Fisher. Traces of their trenches can still be found, according to UNCW associate professor and Civil War historian Chris Fonvielle.

Humpback whale washes ashore in Corolla
William McLellan, North Carolina State Stranding Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, says the whale's body is in overall good condition.

Raider alums Wayne Goodwin, Hal Kitchin honored
Richmond County
Daily Journal
Hal Kitchin and fellow Richmond County native Wayne Goodwin, North Carolina's commissioner of insurance, were both honored for their service to the community and state during a Tuesday reception hosted by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Kitchin is on the Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Ben on Film - DocuTime returns for its 13th year
Star News
DocuTime, Wilmington's annual day-long salute to the documentary, will return for its 13th annual incarnation Friday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As in past years, the festival will showcase documentaries from around the world in UNCW's King Hall auditorium.
Additional coverage: Lumina News

A 'family' of UNCW film enthusiasts to present Reel Teal fest
Port City Daily
UNCW sophomore Kenneth Freyer signed on to help out with last year's Reel Teal Film Festival because he thought it would look good on a resume. He stayed because he found a family. They'll present this year's offerings of independent films from across the world on Friday, Feb. 13, at Fisher Student Center's Lumina Theater on campus.

Author Edgerton speaks to Coweta high-schoolers
Times Herald
Clyde Edgerton recently spoke to Coweta County high school students as part of the Anne Quinn Powell Authors' series. After his presentation, Edgerton signed copies of his books, talked to students and teachers, as well as taking photos with them. Edgerton has written ten novels and is also a professor at UNCW.

The Plan - 6 things to do this weekend

Star News

If you happen to catch the pipe organ compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach on Friday, consider turning your weekend into a Bach doubleheader when the Wilmington Symphony presents several of the composer's orchestral and choral works during "Bachfest," 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at UNCW's Kenan Auditorium.

Silencing your nuisance neighbors
A paper trail is needed to put an end to loud parties and all that goes with it, but limited staffing for Code Enforcement and the WPD makes it difficult to produce that trail. Since most complaints involve students, it would seem logical to report the issues to the UNCW Police Department, but that is not the case. Their authority ends at the edge of campus.

Guinness St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade in Wilmington, NC

Beach Carolina Magazine 

The Annual Guinness St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14 in Downtown Wilmington. Entertainment for the day's festivities include, Barleycorn & Rye, The Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing, Blarney Broughs and the UNCW Slainte Irish Dance Club.

TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Katy Chadwick of Craven County
WITN's Teacher of the Week for Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 is Katy Chadwick of James W. Smith Elementary School in Craven County. Katy Chadwick was born and raised in New Bern. She graduated from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Elementary Education.

UNCW to retire John Goldsberry's jersey Saturday

UNCW men's basketball career assist leader John Goldsberry's ball-hawking, all-out hustle style of play has landed him the ultimate honor - his No. 3 jersey will hang soon in the rafters of Trask Coliseum.

UNCW baseball hosts media day as season approaches
Port City Daily
With just two weeks until opening day, the UNCW baseball team met with members of the local media Friday at Brooks Field.
Other coverage: Star News

Seahawks softball team gearing up for opening day

Port City Daily
The UNCW softball team is one week away from opening day as the Seahawks look to make a run in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Seahawks' success is extra sweet
Star News
The Seahawks have won three of four Colonial Athletic Association road games, ahead of Saturday's trip to Drexel. That's already as many conference road victories as they earned in the past three seasons combined.

Four game winning streak snapped for Seahawks
Damion Lee scored 32 points and grabbed a career-high 13 boards to lead Drexel in an 85-76 victory over UNC Wilmington on Saturday.
Additional coverage: WECT and Port City Daily

Liberty Sweeps College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, UNC Wilmington
College Swimming
The Liberty swimming & diving team concluded its regular season with a sweep of the UNCW Quad Meet, held Saturday at UNCW's Seahawk Natatorium. The Lady Flames downed the host Seahawks for the second day in a row.UNCW is now 4-14.

UNCW Roundup - Hawks fare well in final home meet
Star News
In its final home meet of the season, the UNCW swim teams came away with three victories on Saturday. The men topped College of Charleston, 168.5-130.

UNCW Roundup - Women's basketball loses at William & Mary
Star News
Shatia Cole scored 18 points and Kelva Atkins added 17 points and 14 rebounds, but the UNCW women's basketball team suffered a 67-62 loss at William & Mary on Thursday night.

Strong defense leads Drexel women past Seahawks
Port City Daily
Entering Sunday's CAA game against Drexel, the UNCW women's basketball team knew its opportunities would be limited against the league's top scoring defense. The Seahawks were unable to take advantage of those opportunities as the Dragons limited UNCW to just 14 second-half points en route to winning a 61-44 decision at Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: Star News and WECT

Shawn Horton - UNCW mishandles decision on track programs
Star News
On Dec. 8, UNCW's Athletic Director Jimmy Bass announced that men's outdoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, and men's cross country would be eliminated. The university's decision opens the door for intense scrutiny as to the real reason the track teams are being eliminated. It is difficult to believe it is just about finances when supporters have demonstrated they have the wherewithal to make the program financially solvent.

Words got in the way as UNCW track comes to an end
Star News
Over the past two months, there have been explanations and accusations, passionate cries and measured responses. The three foundations of the UNCW track & field programs all had something to say to each other in the buildup - and aftermath - of the decision to eliminate them all. While other sports across the UNCW campus increased giving for scholarships and raised money for facility improvements, track & field's numbers stagnated.

UNCW keeps pace in CAA with road win over James Madison
Port City Daily
Senior guard Freddie Jacksongot the UNCW men's basketball team off to a strong start and the rest of the Seahawks followed suit in a key 77-65 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Dukes on Wednesday night.
Additional coverage: Star News, WECT, WWAYand The News Tribune

UNCW charging in CAA free-for-all
Star News
Kevin Keatts was surprised when the UNCW men's basketball team landed ninth out of 10 teams in the preseason Colonial Athletic Association poll. Now halfway through the CAA's schedule, the Seahawks are firmly in the top half of the standings and Keatts is the front-runner for its Coach of the Year award.

UNCW Roundup - Men's tennis gets home win
Star News
The UNCW men's tennis team won the doubles point and took four of six singles matches to earn a 5-2 home victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday.

Fort Myers senior is on the brink of 2,000 points
Mark Matthews sits nine points shy of 2,000 for his career, a mark just five other Lee and Collier county players have reached. The 6-foot-5 UNC Wilmington signee is one of the more versatile scorers in Southwest Florida with an ability to score from the perimeter, off the dribble and on the offensive glass.