UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Sept. 8-12

UNCW named one of the top 20 universities in the South
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 universities in the South.The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 universities in the South.
Other coverage: Port City Daily, Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Star News

CIE Among Winners Of National SBA Award
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
As the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship celebrates its first anniversary, Jim Roberts is seeing a strong start to the center's second year. Roberts announced Thursday evening that the center is one of 50 incubators and accelerators nationally that won the U.S. Small Business Administration's first Growth Accelerator Fund competition.
Other coverage: Star News, Lumina News, Port City Daily and WECT

SXSW's Forrest revs coastal entrepreneurs
Lumina News
More than 50 entrepreneurs, business owners and industry leaders spoke during the first annual Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference Thursday, Sept. 4, organized by the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).
Other coverage: xconomy

UNCW CIE Opens CORAL, An Open Device Lab for Mobile App Testing
When creating an app for mobile phones, developers need to test their product on numerous platforms, which can get costly fast. To ease that burden, UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is launching CORAL, an open device lab.

A selfie that can predict your life span
A picture is worth a thousand words, and after taking a selfie, it could save you thousands of dollars. Applying for life insurance is a lengthy and expensive process. "Underwriting can take anywhere from five to ten days," explained local entrepreneur and UNCW professor, Karl Ricanek.
Other coverage: WGCL, WFSB, WTOL, KFVS and KPHO

11 Bullish Beachside Businesses
A day in Wilmington at the Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference revealed some pretty interesting, headline-grabbing young companies. Though I met some of these entrepreneurs during a visit in March, I'm struck again by the diversity of ideas in Wilmington and the national traction and attention these companies have received despite their small beach town digs.

Mark Morris dance taps Port City
Star News
The acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble is coming to Wilmington this week for its first appearance ever in Southeastern North Carolina. The group will perform four recent works at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. That live performance will be the climax of a three-day residency.

'Breakfast Club' star muses on multi-faceted talents
Star News
For anyone who came of age in the 1980s, the voice of Molly Ringwald rings instantly familiar. Ringwald will be in Wilmington on Wednesday for a concert at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Kenan Auditorium in support of her album. It will be her first time in the Port City since 1989, when the Golden-Globe-nominated-actress filmed "Betsy's Wedding."
Other coverage:Wilma; Port City Daily

Putting pen to paper
Lumina News
The latest exhibit in The Art Gallery in University of North Carolina Wilmington's Cultural Arts Building, "Russell Crotty: Surf Works," features various modes of the artist's surf art, including some of his original surf drawing books, map books, color washed drawings, large paneled murals and mobiles.

Atlantic Ocean Temperature Rise Could Favor Range Expansion of Invasive Lionfish and Native Species
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Warming ocean temperatures could favor the expansion of the invasive Indo-PacificLionfish and native tropical species distributions within the Atlantic according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences, National Marine Fisheries, and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Exhibit showcases threatened historic places
Star News
The Historic Wilmington Foundation's annual traveling exhibit "Most Threatened Historic Places" opened Monday at the New Hanover County Public Library. The exhibit will remain on display at the downtown library through Sept. 25, when it will move to the Northeast Regional Library. From there, it will circulate among libraries in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties and be seen at Randall Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Chautauqua to have launch party
Star News
Chautauqua will have the launch party for its latest issue from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the courtyardat the Cameron Art Museum. Chautauqua is published through the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but it is devoted to the values of the Chautauqua Institution, founded in 1874 in Chautauqua, N.Y.

National Association of Professional Women Announces Winners of its 2014 Rising Stars Education Scholarship Program Exclusively for Daughters of NAPW Members
Virtual Strategy
The National Association of Professional Women announced the winners of their Rising Stars Education Scholarship Program. A Rising Stars Scholarship of $2500 went to Samantha Thompson. She attends the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has an expected graduation date of December 2014.

A kind word for gluten
Star News
One big problem with Wendy Brenner is, she doesn't publish enough. So, it's great to discover that the associate professor of creative writing at UNCW has a humor piece in the current issue of The Sun, the Chapel Hill-based alternative monthly which celebrates its 40th birthday this year.

'Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War' at Northeast Library
Port City Daily
New Hanover County Public Library announces a five-part reading and discussion series called "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War," starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at NHC Northeast Library. Chris Fonvielle, UNCW professor and Civil War Historian, will speak briefly and lead the discussion on the readings participants will read before each session, according to a press release from the county.

Voices: #WorldSuicidePreventionDay is vital for college students
USA Today (Written by UNCW student Kaitlyn Russell)
September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day, a day that carries a strong meaning for many people across the nation - especially students in college, where suicide is the second leading cause of death, according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Cool fall author: Jason Mott
USA Today
Jason Mott, 36, was born and raised in the small town of Bolton, N.C., where he still lives. He has a BA and MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has written two poetry collections. Mott's The Wonder of All Things is about a small Southern town turned upside down after Ava heals the wounds of her best friend.

Bookmarks - UNCW grad, YA author at book club
Star News
Rebecca Petruck is a woman of parts. These days, however, her favored role is young-adult author, and her debut novel, "Steering Toward Normal," has been making a hit all summer. Petruck - who holds a 2007 MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington - will be the next guest on Prologue, the monthly book club sponsored by the StarNews and public radio station WHQR. She'll field readers' questions, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday in the WHQR studios, upstairs at 254 N. Front St.

Student enrolled at WSSU at age 16
The Chronicle
Winston-Salem State University welcomed freshman Zephin Rector last month. He was just 16 when he joined classmates for orientation activities. Rector is preparing to major in WSSU's nursing program and is ready to take charge of his. "Going into my sophomore year in high school, I went to a nursing camp at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and I decided that I wanted to do nursing ever since."

Nourish NC to hold first fundraising gala Friday at The Terraces on Sir Tyler
Star News (featuring Amanda Coyne and Megan Hodgson, lecturers in the UNCW English department)
Nourish NC will hold its first fundraising gala Friday at The Terraces on Sir Tyler. Founded in 2008, the organization fights childhood hunger by sending students home with food to sustain them overnight, through the weekends and during breaks from the academic calendar.

Mt. Vernon native starts series of local moving franchises
Martin Pollack and Zach Kildall, operate a growing business in Fairfax County. Pollack and Slack, both business majors at UNCW, used a variety of criteria to determine what franchise they wanted to buy into.

Hoops: UNCW sets Midnite Madness
Star News
UNCW basketball is less than a month away from its first official practice of the 2014-2015 season, and fans will only have to wait a bit longer for their first glimpse of the Seahawks under first-year coach Kevin Keatts. UNCW will hold its annual Midnite Madness event on Oct. 17 at Trask Coliseum to introduce the men's and women's teams.

Hoops (M): Devontae Cacok commits to Seahawks (UPDATED)
Star News Online
The UNCW men's basketball team added to its 2015 recruiting class Sunday with an oral commitment from Devontae Cacok.

UNCW volleyball off to best start since 1990
Port City Daily
The UNCW volleyball team is off to its best start since 1990 as the Lady Seahawks swept three matches over the weekend at the East Carolina Invitational in Greenville. UNCW concluded the invitational with a 3-0 mark and dropped just one set all weekend to improve to 6-1 on the year.
Other coverage: WECT

UNCW finishes classic with loss to Winthrop
Star News
The UNCW men's soccer team came into the weekend's UNCW Courtyard Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Classic undefeated and looking to make a statement that this season could be special. Despite solid performances, the Seahawks (2-1-1) ended the two-game tournament without a victory, tying Ohio State 1-1 on Friday and falling to Winthrop on Sunday 2-1.

Hoops (W): UNCW releases 2014-2015 schedule
Star News
UNCW women's basketball coach Adell Harris watched her youthful team with almost no depth languish through one road loss after another last season and decided that couldn't happen again. That forgettable experience paved the way for the 2014-2015 schedule released Tuesday.

UNCW Seahawks At Home Often For 2014-15 Women's Slate
Beach Carolina
Head Coach Adell Harris and the UNCW women's basketball team will be playing at Trask Coliseum early and often during the 2014-15 season, including serving as hosts for a pair of holiday tournaments in late November and December.
Other coverage: Star News

UNCW Roundup - Volleyball team survives in 5
Star News
The UNCW volleyball team regrouped after wasting match points to defeat longtime rival Campbell in five sets Wednesday night at Hanover Hall.
Other coverage: WECT

Notes from the Seahawk Invitational cross-country run
Star News
A wet and very sloppy course didn't stop runners from competing at the Seahawk Invitational on Saturday. The race, which is usually held at the UNCW campus, was moved to the New Hanover County Fairgrounds near the airport as the Color Me Rad event was being held at the college.

Golf: Abby Pearson named UNCW assistant
Star News
UNCW has tapped Abby Pearson to be its golf assistant. She will help with both the men's and women's teams this season.
Other coverage: Lumina News

UNCW tennis hopes could rise higher with new facility
Star News
University's feasibility study for courts, tennis center part of larger plan for athletic revival.

UNCW soccer, tennis this weekend on campus
Port City Daily
The UNCW women's soccer team competes in its second tournament in as many weekends when the Seahawks entertain regional rivals Coastal Carolina, Elon and Francis Marion in the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Invitational on Friday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 14, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

Davenport to take a swing at Landfall
Lumina News
An Olympic gold medalist will headline the Landfall Foundation's upcoming Legends of Tennis Tournament Sept. 19 and 20. Proceeds will fund the Landfall Foundation and the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Seahawk Club.

Hokies end Seahawks winning streak
No. 5 Virginia Tech scored once in each half to halt UNCW's three-game winning streak in a 2-0 women's soccer victory over the Seahawks Sunday at Thompson Field. The Seahawks, finishing up play in the Virginia Tech Tournament over the weekend, stand 3-3 on the season heading into next weekend's Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Invitational at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.