UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Feb. 23 - 27

Reports Say UNCW and CFCC Generate $1.2 Billion Impact
Time Warner Cable News
Based on two newly-released reports, UNCW and CFCC generate a combined $1.2 billion economic impact in southeastern NC. Mike Barlas, who completed the MBA program at UNCW now owns a brewery in downtown Wilmington. He said his experience at the university played a key role in his decision to remain in the area and ultimately open a business.

Female CFOs reduce corporate tax evasion
Management Issues
If we want companies to be more transparent and ethical about their tax affairs, having more women in board positions - and in particular, encouraging more women to become CFOs - could be the answer. That's the conclusion of a study by academics from Wake Forest University School of Business and the University of North Carolina Wilmington which examined the links between CFO gender, gender diversity at board-level and corporate tax evasion across a 20 year-period between 1991 and 2011.

UNCW's CIE to host life science industry panel
Port City Daily
Experts from the across the state will gather in Wilmington on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial and industry needs of life sciences companies as part of UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's upcoming breakfast panel discussion. "Life Sciences: Growth and Funding" will also include tours of MARBIONC.

UNC Wilmington Focuses on Building Region's Biotech and Medical Industries
Time Warner Cable News
UNCWilmington is workingto launch Southeastern North Carolina into multi-billion dollar marketplaces. On Thursday UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) hosted an event focused on growing life sciences industries in the region.

UNCW trains students, launches PSA to fight sexual assaults
According to Dr. Rebecca Caldwell, Director of Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention and Project Director of CARE, about 200 UNCW students have gone through My Stand training. Senior Lauren Kamoda was in a PSA entitled, "You Are Not Alone" that premiered during the training Wednesday. The video shows safe intervention and support for victims of harassment and violence.
Additional coverage: WSFX

Review - There's nothing rotten about UNCW's 'Hamlet'
Star News
The "Hamlet" currently running at UNCW's Cultural Arts Building is more than just a wonderful learning opportunity for its almost entirely student cast and largely student crew. Under the direction of Christopher Marino for UNCW's Department of Theatre, it's a gift to Wilmington, a fresh, compelling take on the classic tragedy that will have you, if not seeing the play with new eyes, then at least appreciating the beauty of this well-paced, impressively staged production.

Strong Work, Strong Cast: UNCW's Hamlet Will Surprise Audiences
Last year UNCW's theatre department announced an ambitious undertaking for the season: twin productions of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" and Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." The anticipation and curiosity generated by this announcement has continued to build. I have looked forward to these productions with great hope… Any opportunity to see Shakespeare live onstage is worthwhile, but for a different and nuanced approach to a text that you think you know, give this production of "Hamlet" a try.

Bookmarks - Novel by UNCW's Chai wins YA award
Star News
May-lee Chai, the newest member of the creative writing faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, found out earlier this month that her 2013 novel "Tiger Girl" won the award for young adult fiction from the Asian-Pacific American Librarians Association.

Film festival gains international participation
Lumina News
A capacity crowd of students, university staff and amateur moviemakers gathered in the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Lumina Theater the night of Friday, February 13 to participate in the university's ninth annual Reel Teal Film Festival. Headed by the student-run Flicker Film Society, the festival showcased 28 short films from around the world.

Program gives high school kids a head start on college
Star News
The state's Career and College Promise program allows high schoolers to leave their campus for courses at their local community college. And though still in its infancy, the program already has numerous success stories - like Kelsi Kazmierczak, a South Brunswick senior who'll take 12 college credits from BCC to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the fall.

Civil War symposium tackles issues of sacrifice and legacy, Feb. 27-28
Lumina News
Confederate widowhood, the cult of sacrifice, and death among black Union regiments are among the topics to be explored during a Feb. 27-28 symposium on the Civil War. Presentations will be held Feb. 27 at Murrow Hall, Southport, and Feb. 28 at Morton Hall on the campus of UNC Wilmington. The event also features afternoon tours of Fort Anderson on Feb. 27.

UNC Wilmington aids stranded woman en route to the airport
Yahoo! Sports
Hours after winning at Towson on Saturday afternoon to retain a share of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association, the UNC Wilmington basketball team did something even more impressive.The Seahawks encountered a stranded motorist on their way to the airport, so they took the time to help her in the middle of a snowstorm.
Other coverage: WECT

Sacrifice, legacy to be focus of symposium on Civil War
A symposium about the sacrifices made during the Civil War will be held in Southport and Wilmington. The Saturday event will be held at Morton Hall at UNC Wilmington.

New Voices: Amelia Morris of 'Bon Appetempt'
USA Today
A debut memoir by the amateur cook behind the Bon Appétempt food blog, which began with her disastrous attempts to re-create picture-perfect recipes from Bon Appétit and Gourmet in her home kitchen. Morris grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Johns Hopkins and has an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Even books get snowed out
Star News
Among other things, Wilmington's snowstorm-let forced the postponement of a panel discussion on young adult books for LGBT teens, planned at UNCW. The event is now rescheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Sherman Hayes Gallery at UNCW's Randall Library.

Brightmore Receives Senior Fitness Award
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The National Association of Home Builders recognized Brightmore of Wilmington with the association's 2015 Best of 50+ Housing Gold Award for its fitness and wellness programs. Community outreach educator Marianna Stacy collaborates with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW, the N.C. Maritime Museums and the Cameron Art Museum to create their active program.

UNCW students retreat indoors during rainy snow day
Many Cape Fear schools and businesses were closed Tuesday due to the conditions. As for UNCW students, most of them were inside. And while some wished for more snow, some just needed more coffee to get through their day at work.

UNCW announces winter storm makeup days
Makeup days have been announced for students at UNCW after winter weather forced the school to cancel all classes one day, and delay for two hours the next day.

Off the Charts
Yvonne Hughes, CEO of COASTAL CONNECT HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE, has been working to improve patient care through a regional health care information network since 2011. The Wilmington native loves her job and the opportunity to work and live in her hometown. Hughes received an MBA degree from UNCW and has a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Mount Olive.

Record-setting run highlights Race 13.1 in Wilmington
Port City Daily
Regional Vice President Dan Mercer, a standout men's basketballplayer at UNCW, was particularly excited about bringing Race 13.1 to Wilmington. "Having played basketball at UNCW, and owing so much to the school and thecommunity, overseeing this event meant a lot to me," said Mercer.

UNCW hoops staff suits up in a different way
Star News
The UNCW men's basketball team continues to chase a Colonial Athletic Association title. In their free time, Carr and a group of staffers are enjoying pursuit of another crown. The Courtside Bagel Shoppers - named after the snack bar in Trask Coliseum - have won both of their intramural games so far.

UNCW men hold off Towson
Star News
Addison Spruill had plenty to celebrate in Saturday's 73-69 win over Towson at SECU Arena. The guard scored a game-high 26 points. UNCW was grateful for a quick turnaround after foundering on both ends in the second half Thursday against the Blue Hens. The Seahawks managed to put together a more complete effort Saturday. Additional coverage: WECT, Port City Daily and Baltimore Sun

Seahawks stay in first in CAA basketball after win over Towson
Addison Spruill and Jordon Talley combined for a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line in the final 39 seconds to spark the UNCW men's basketball team to a clutch 73-69 victory over stubborn Colonial Athletic Association rival Towson on a snowy Saturday afternoon at SECU Arena.

Diamond Hawks rally beat Western Carolina and George Mason
UNCW plated seven runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Seahawks rallied from an early deficit to sail past visiting George Mason, 12-8, on Saturday at Brooks Field in the Hughes Bros. Challenge.
Other coverage: Port City Daily

UNCW baseball wins get team to 5-0
Star News
Five games into the season, however, the Seahawks haven't needed big, booming hits to do damage. The "death by a thousand papercuts" method is working quite well, and probably inflicting a little more pain on their foes.

McDowell's grand slam leads Diamond Hawks past Wake Forest
Evan Phillips went five strong innings and Kennard McDowell belted a grand slam as UNCW topped Wake Forest, 8-4, in the final game of the Hughes Bros. Challenge on Sunday at Brooks Field. The Seahawks remained undefeated on the young season at 6-0 while the Demon Deacons dipped to 4-3.
Other coverage: Star News and Port City Daily

Cole leads lady Seahawks past Towson 73-71
Junior guard Shatia Cole hit the game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds remaining in overtime as UNCW earned a season sweep over Towson University by edging the Tigers, 73-71, at SECU Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Other coverage: Star News

UNCW Roundup - Bozzi sets school record in 600
Star News
Meredith Bozzi set her second career indoor record, finishing in third place in the 600 meters to lead UNCW on the opening day of the Virginia Tech Challenge at the Rector Field House. Bozzi, who set the program's record in the 800 meters at the same venue last season, posted a time of 1:33.30, besting the previous record of 1:34.84 set by Emily Mauro at the same meet in 2014.

Pearce makes county history by signing to play soccer at UNCW
For West Carteret's Blair Pearce, playing soccer competitively has never been work. The multi-sport standout from has made her craft an utmost priority, and now it has paid off in historical fashion. When the senior signed on to play soccer at UNC Wilmington, she became the county's first-ever high school female soccer player to commit to play at a Division I college.

UNCW club ice hockey squad advances to national tournament
Saturday night, the UNCW club ice hockey team will travel back from Orlando, Florida, where it participated in the South Regionals of the American Collegiate Hockey Association's National Championships.

Jersey number becomes part of life for Addison Spruill
Star News
Addison Spruill wanted to be Michael Jordan. Spruill took the scenic route to emerge as one of the Colonial Athletic Association's top guards this season, but he's been No. 24 the whole way, from Pender High School, to Brevard Community College, and now UNCW.

UNCW senior salute! Freddie, Addison & Cedrick to play last game at Trask on Wednesday
It seems like yesterday that Freddie Jackson and Addison Spruill were hoopin' it up on the high school courts around the Wilmington area. They're now about to play their last home game at UNCW's Trask Coliseum along with senior Cedrick Williams too.

UNCW Roundup - Pair earn CAA baseball honors
Star News
UNCW infielder Robbie Thorburn is the Colonial Athletic Association baseball player of the week after hitting .500 with a homer and five RBI during the Seahawks' 4-0 week last week.

Another snowstorm delays college baseball Tuesday
Baseball games at area universities were canceled Tuesday as snow blanketed the Triangle. The Wolfpack was to hostNorth Carolina A&T. That game was canceled. NC State softball's game versus UNCW scheduled to take place on Wednesday, has been canceled due to snow in the Wilmington area. Campbell's baseball game at UNC Wilmington Tuesday has been postponed and amakeup date will be announced at a later date.

Addison Sprruill's 18 points leads UNCW men past JMU
UNCW put its balanced scoring attack on full display Wednesday to throttle visiting James Madison, 74-54, in a battle of two of the Colonial Athletic Association's four first place men's basketball teams Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

College Basketball Notebook: Lynchburg Native, Coach Kevin Keatts Has UNC Wilmington in First
Roanoke Times
Kevin Keatts is a rookie head coach at the college level, but he doesn't seem to be experiencing a difficult learning curve. The former Ferrum College guard is the men's basketball coach at UNC Wilmington (16-11, 11-5), which entered Wednesday in a four-way tie for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Seahawks Tied with William & Mary for first place in CAA with win over James Madison
Port City Daily
UNCW put its balanced scoring attack on full display Wednesday to throttle visiting James Madison 74-54 in a battle of two of the Colonial Athletic Association's four first-place men's basketball teams on Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

Henry Blog: Blizzard Enjoying Hoops Career in Italy
The Tallahassee Democrat
Brett Blizzard is still hooping it up after all these years. The former Florida High and University of North Carolina Wilmington star and sweet-shooting guard has played 10 seasons for seven different professional teams in Italy since 2003.

Stretch Run Looks Good for UNCW Women
Star News
All signs pointed to UNCW finishing outside the top six and playing on the opening day of the league tournament for the third consecutive season. Instead, the Seahawks have flipped the script. They have won three of the past four games, including their first two road victories of the season, to move into sole possession of sixth place.

Despite 'final' decision, UNCW says statement could be out today on track discussions
An official with UNC Wilmington says an announcement is expected Thursday on discussions surrounding the track and field program at the university.

UNCW track and field programs getting another chance
In a statement released Thursday evening, Sederburg says the university has come to an agreement with the "Save UNCW Track" group that would give them until May 31 to raise $250,000 for a 2015-2016 season of track and field.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews; Time Warner Cable News

UNCW track and field athletes excited for fundraising opportunity
Several reactions after Thursday's announcement from university officials explaining a deal with the "Save UNCW Track" group that would give them until May 31 to raise $250,000 for a 2015-2016 season of track and field.

Mobley's record night leads UNCW to overtime win over Delaware
Port City Daily
The Trask Coliseum scoring record went down Thursday night and to Delaware's dismay, so did a lot of Brie Mobley's shots. The sophomore guard exploded for a UNCW women's basketball record-setting 46 points as the Seahawks outlasted the Blue Hens.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews

Planning ahead paying off for Seahawks
So far, UNCW has seven regulars hitting at least .300, paced by Robbie Thorburn at .412. The sophomore has thrived in his move from the outfield to second base and Tuesday was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week.

March Madness beyond 64 teams
The Huntington News
We are just a few days away from the month of March, and you know what that means: March Madness. UNCW is the surprise team of the CAA season - it swept the season against NU and plays really well as a team.

UNCW club hockey headed to national championship in 10th season
Port City Daily
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's club hockey team is headed to Pelham, Alabama, for its first-ever national championship appearance.