UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

September 21-25

UNCW receives $400,000 EPA research grant
Lumina News
Biology and marine biology students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington will have an opportunity to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals on estuarine fish after the university received a substantial grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The $399,884 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant will fund a three-year research project to be conducted in UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, as well as inside an on-campus laboratory in Dobo Hall.

Sponges akin to redwoods of the sea crowding out corals on Florida reefs
Miami Herald
In the wake of massive coral die-off in the 1970s and 80s, a new study has found a dramatic increase in sponges threatens to collapse the foundation of the complex ecosystem. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology in August, found that over 12 years, sponges off Conch Key increased by 122 percent, taking up 39 percent more reef. “If they’re all that there is, the reefs will flatten out and decay,” said study co-author Joseph Pawlik, a marine biologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW team working on 'Siri for your house'
Curry Guinn, associate professor in the computer science department at UNCW, Stephen Murphy, UNCW senior, and Tom Schmit, senior engineering fellow with Honeywell International, have been working on speech recognition technology for Honeywell security and home automation systems.

Biz Picture - Week's top business stories
Top recent business news: University of North Carolina Wilmington Chancellor Jose “Zito” Sartarelli and Cape Fear Community College President Amanda Lee covered numerous topics during a breakfast meeting, from their visions for their institutions to how their schools can better engage with the local business community.

Man works to improve inner-city communities
Kevin Spears, 38, is a senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, majoring in information technology and minoring in Africana studies. Spears serves as chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Association. He said the association has extended the center's evening hours to 9 p.m., giving young people a place to go when they finish their homework after school.

Collection showcases local literati
"27 Views of Wilmington: The Port City in Prose and Poetry,” features a variety of UNCW authors.

Huge downtown slide has riders both pushing off, hitting brakes
Hundreds turned out for a ride on a nearly 1,000-foot-long slip-n-slide on Sunday. Groups, including members of the UNCW softball team, stood on each side of the slide and kept everyone moving.
Additional coverage: TWC News

UNCW launches new political talk show
Port City Daily
Some local students are hitting the small screen to talk politics. UNC Wilmington recently launched “WingSpan,” a weekly talk show airing on The Learning Network (TLN) and online.

First Miss Riverfest crowned
Wilmington’s Riverfest is just a few weeks away and with it comes a new tradition. Friday night organizers crowned their first Miss Riverfest aboard the Battleship North Carolina. Felicia Jones is currently a senior at UNCW and she is a graduate of Laney High School. She said she is proud to be the one to represent the city in which she grew up.

Kure Beach Candidates Call for New Hanover County to Support Beach Nourishment
Commissioner David Heglar says it’s only fair for county support to be proportional to the economic benefits that the beaches provide: "If you look at the driver for the economy in New Hanover County, a large portion of that is the beaches. If you look at studies from UNCW, that drives our economy. I think all of the beach towns would say, if it’s that big of a driver, we need the help of the county."

Triangle Catholics ready for pope
News & Observer
This week marks the highly anticipated arrival this week of Pope Francis in his first visit to the United States. Catholics from the across the country, including thousands from North Carolina, have been getting ready for months, planning to be in the audience in the cities Francis will visit. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Mary Jaskowiak, president of the Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is helping to organize a trip for about 20 of her classmates to a Mass the pope will lead in Philadelphia next Sunday.

Isle of Wight names assistant superintendent
Tidewater News
Isle of Wight County Schools has named Heather Tuck as the new assistant superintendent. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, her English and social studies teaching license from Elon University, and her Master of Science degree in educational leadership from Longwood University.

UNCW to stage 'Low Hanging Fruit'
"Low Hanging Fruit" opens Sept. 24 at the Mainstage Theatre on the UNCW campus. It's set in a homeless encampment in Los Angeles where four female veterans fight for survival as desperately as they formerly did in Afghanistan and Iraq.

New bond list trims funding for UNCW, CFCC
A revised $2 billion bond initiative package released late Tuesday by the N.C. Senate scales back some funding proposed for the University of North Carolina Wilmington and area community colleges, while adding back projects that originally didn't make the cut. UNCW would still receive $66 million for a new allied Health and Human Services and Nursing building, though the amount is $1 million less than the Senate proposed in a list released earlier Tuesday.

UNCW, colleges big winners in latest bond proposal
The University of North Carolina Wilmington would receive a new $67 million nursing building, while several other projects desired in the region would lose out, under a scaled-back bond initiative working its way through the N.C. General Assembly.
Additional coverage: Greater Wilmington Business Journal

New Law Aims to Deter Venus Flytrap Poaching: Is It Working?
The cottage industry of Venus flytrap poaching has long threatened this iconic carnivorous plant of southeastern North Carolina. The crime used to be a misdemeanor, but at the start of this year, it became a felony, Roger Shew is a UNCW geology professor who monitors flytrap plots in the Green Swamp, an ecological preserve in Brunswick County. Since the law’s passing, he says evidence indicates that poaching has decreased.

Theater students shed light on growing problem in America
The Department of Theatre at UNCW presents Low Hanging Fruit by Robin Bradford. The show begins by introducing four female veterans who are all homeless and struggling with issues brought on by their combat experience.

CONSERVING CLASSICAL CULTURE: The Ariel String Quartet opens the Chamber Music Concert Series
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The Ariel String Quartet will open the Chamber Music Wilmington concert series on September 27 at Beckwith Recital Hall on UNCW's campus.
Additional coverage: StarNews

UNCW Reveals Details Of New Building Connect NC Bond Act Could Fund
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Officials at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have released information about the facility the university plans to build if the General Assembly passes, and voters approve, the Connect NC bond package originally requested by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Season of symphonies starts now for Wilmington Symphony Orchestra
This year is all about the symphony: not the orchestra but the musical form, which for many is the highest musical achievement to which the mind can aspire. The WSO's first concert is this Saturday at UNCW's Kenan Auditorium.

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights - Bottega exhibit 'Inside/Out' a study in contrasts
Faces and waterways hang on the walls of Bottega Art & Wine in downtown Wilmington. These aren't your run-of-the-mill portraits and seascapes. In “Inside/Out,” a collection of recent works by Wilmington artists Blair Nidds and Christopher Alexander, both graduates of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the content is but a vehicle for moving colors and wild textures on an impressive scale.

Therapeutic garden benefits diverse visitors
Lumina News
From Special Olympians to elderly adults ailed by declining health, people use the New Hanover County Arboretum’s Ability Garden program to learn about gardening in a relaxing environment. Adult students learn from the Ability Garden’s programs as well. Those studying social work, psychology or occupational therapy at the University of North Carolina Wilmington or at Cape Fear Community College volunteer in the garden to learn how they can use horticultural therapy in their professions.

Cucalorus celebrates ex-girlfriends, ghosts and cat salads
The Cucalorus CONNECT Conference expands the festival’s focus to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship across many industries. They organized it through an ongoing partnership with the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

County health officials extending health survey
Lumina News
The survey questions were developed from a handful of established health survey systems, as well as several local groups, including Smart Start of New Hanover County, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Coastal Horizons, Trillium and the UNCW College of Health and Human Services.

Chamber office welcomes newest member
Sampson Independent
Megan Henry is the newest member of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce team. Originally from the town of Newton Grove, Megan attended college at UNCW and has traveled throughout the country with her work in the Arts-related nonprofit sector since graduating in 2013.

UNCW Students Set to Visit Pope Francis
TWC News
Twenty UNCW students are getting the opportunity to see Pope Francis when he comes to Philadelphia on Sunday. UNCW's Catholic Campus Ministry will make the nine hour drive on Friday. The UNCW Catholic Student Center says they received $1,000 in funding from the university, with additional money coming from the Campus Ministry.

Muslim students hoping to bridge the gap on college campuses
WHNS Greenville
UNCW is at 17 percentdiversity and Muslim students make up an even smaller percentage of that. Misconceptions often accompany the Islamic faith, but the leaders of the Muslim Student Association at UNCW, are hoping that won't be the case on their campus.

UNCW's Bryce will fit in anywhere
C.J. Bryce played all five positions over the course of his high school basketball career, evolving from an under-the-basket big man into a dynamic perimeter threat. That progression helps explain why the 6-foot-5, 190-pound UNCW freshman doesn't like to be pigeonholed.

UNCW men's soccer remain ranked in national polls
Port City Daily
After splitting a pair of contests last week, the UNCW men's soccer team remains ranked among the nation's top squads in three different polls.

The CAA and cost of attendance
While UNCW won’t offer cost of attendance stipends to athletes this school year, athletic director Jimmy Bass said in July he hopes they could come as early as 2016-2017. That position seems even more notable this week with the release of a letter signed by the leaders of five Colonial Athletic Association schools speaking out against such payments beyond the traditional scholarship.

UNCW men's soccer remains ranked in national polls
The Seahawks, who are 5-1-1 on the season, are ranked 15th in the latest Top Drawer Soccer Division I poll and 22nd by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW's baseball ranks in Top 100 best baseball programs
UNCW's baseball program takes spot number 48 on the website, D1 baseball's top-100 list of college baseball programs. The list took in to account each team's recent history, coaching staff quality, and more.

Riley joins UNCW Women's Basketball Staff
Crystal Riley, a former letter winner and assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, has been named as an assistant coach for the UNCW women's basketballteam.

Help the Seahawks soar to victory by donating blood
The University of North Carolina Wilmington hopes to collect 250 pints of blood next week as part of the annual CAA Blood Challenge. Help the Seahawks soar to victory in this challenge by donating blood Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Trask Coliseum.

MSU series about American West continues Oct. 1 with Gessner lecture
MSU News
David Gessner, an award-winning author and a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will discuss "Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the Future of the American West" on Oct. 1 as the second lecturer in the Montana State University College of Letters and Science’s Western Lands and Peoples: Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series.

Area happenings, Sept. 22 - 28
Jacksonville Daily News
The Western Carteret Public Library in Cape Carteret begins its Let’s Talk About It series at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 with Michelle Manning of UNCW discussing “A Virtuous Woman” by Kaye Gibbons. This is the first selection of Discovering the Literary South: The Louis D. Rubin Jr. series.

UNCW beach volleyball players focus on learning as inaugural season opens
Members of UNCW’s newest team, most of whom have little history on sand, have much to learn before their inaugural season kicks off this spring.

Thompson helps UNCW to title
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
West Bladen graduate Kayla Thompson shot an even-par, three-round total of 216 to help lead the University of North Carolina Wilmington to the title of the William & Mary Invitational at Kingsmill Resort.

Hofstra nips No. 24 UNCW men's soccer in CAA opener
Port City Daily
Freshman midfielder Ben Fisher (Chapel Hill H.S./Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored in the 32nd minute, but it was not enough as No. 24 UNCW had its six-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-1 setback against Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association opener.
Additional coverage: WECT; WWAY

UNCW volleyball takes down Presbyterian 3-0

Kristen Powell’s nine kills led a balanced UNCW offense as the Seahawks celebrated their home opener with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-3) sweep of Presbyterian in the Courtyard by Marriott Classic at Hanover Hall on Friday.

UNCW women's soccer extends win streak to six games
Sophomore Serenity Waters (East Coweta H.S./Sharpsburg, Ga.) scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute as UNCW extended its win streak to six consecutive games by edging Wake Forest, 2-1, in the Seahawks’ non-conference finale at Spry Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

UNCW Wins Courtyard by Marriott Classic
UNCW hit .280 for the match while posting a 12.5-3 advantage in blocks. Freshman Anna Moss led the effort upfront, finishing with six total blocks.

Athletes find reward in grueling YMCA Triathlon
Ask any participant in a triathlon, and they’ll tell you it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact reason why athletes compete in the exhausting events. “To be able to tell yourself that you’ve done a triathlon is a pretty cool feat," said top 10 finisher Alan Woodbury, UNCW Triathlon Club president.

Wilmington Cape Fear Rotary wins spelling bee
Eighteen teams representing local businesses, civic groups and two athletic teams from the University of North Carolina Wilmington competed in the event.

Lindsay Hartmann has proven to be vocal leader for Seahawks
Lindsay Hartmann's routine for post-volleyball match recovery has an extra wrinkle. The UNCW senior isn't just worried about soothing the aches and pains that come from diving around the court from her libero position. She usually has to worry about getting her voice back, too. Coach Amy Bambenek said Hartmann's vocal leadership is the primary reason she's earned more playing time this season.

Schedule change for UNCW women's soccer
The start time of the Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer game between UNCW and Drexel, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., has been adjusted to 5 p.m. at UNCW Soccer Stadium.

New UNCW swim team hits comfort zone
The Seahawks added 30 newcomers heading into UNCW Coach Jason Memont's second season. He didn't have time to recruit last summer after being hired to replace program architect Dave Allen, but he was able to swiftly and completely overhaul both the men's and women's rosters after a full year on the job.
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UNC System happenings for Sept. 24, 2015
The Daily Tar Heel
UNC Wilmington opened a campus Military Resource Lounge in August as a designated space for military-affiliated students. The lounge, which was originally a faculty lounge, includes study space, cable TV and a gender-neutral handicap accessible restroom. A Veterans Affairs’ work-study student is also at hand to help with VA education benefits.

Cucalorus Film Festival announces compelling list of early selections
New this year, the Cucalorus CONNECT Conference expands the Festival's focus to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship across many industries. Organized through an ongoing partnership with University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, CONNECT features events including a PlaceMakers Fair, a virtual reality lounge, and the 10x10 challenge pairing filmmakers with entrepreneurs to make a promo video in less than a week.