UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Oct. 12 - 16

UNC Wilmington Welcomes International Guests to BioMarine Business Convention
Time Warner Cable News
Visitors from 16 different countries are in the area to discuss ocean harvesting and protein shortage. On Monday morning, scientists provided guests with a comprehensive tour of UNCW's Crest Research Park. The school's chancellor said marine biology is one of the most popular areas of study at the university, and he is glad they can play a part in the convention.
Additional coverage: WECTWRAL Tech Wire

International biomarine conference comes to Wilmington
Port City Daily
The world’s leaders in biotech innovation are converging on the Port City. The Business and Innovation Tour, presented in collaboration with UNCW, will give participants the opportunity to get a firsthand look at various research facilities at UNCW’s CREST Research Park, including the Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina Building, Center for Marine Science, shellfish research hatchery and aquaculture building.

UNCW names Ballou new chief of staff 
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
University of North Carolina Wilmington
 will bring an alumnus back to campus to serve as chief of staff. Bradley Ballou, a 2006 graduate, was selected for the job after a national search, the university announced Tuesday.
Additional coverage: Time Warner Cable NewsWWAYWECTStarNews 

My turn: UNCW could be on the way to fantastic accomplishments
WECT (Commentary by GaryMcNair,Vice President and General Manager of WECT)
Chancellor Jose Sartarelli let us know he’s making the rounds in this community and across the state to sell the story of UNCW. And he has a good story. I get the feeling that UNCW just might be on the way to some fantastic accomplishments.

Leaders of 3 major employers discuss growth, challenges 
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Three of the area's largest employers expect to face future growth and challenges, company leaders said at an economic outlook event Tuesday. Along with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy COO Jay Wileman and UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli, David Simmons, chairman and CEO of PPD, answered questions as part of a panel discussion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Outlook conference.

Economists share forecast for this year, 2016, at UNCW event 
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
During a local economic forecast Tuesday, an expert compared the Wilmington area outlook to a car being driven with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. “There’s reason for optimism and concern,” said Adam Jones, regional economist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Additional coverage: WHQRStarNews

International BioMarine leaders converge on Wilmington 
UNCW supports marine biotechnology through MARBIONIC, an economic development program that discovers, develops and markets new products from the sea. MARBIONIC provides workspace and resources for start-up and established companies at the university’s CREST Research Campus off Masonboro Loop Road.

UNCW Names Two Administrators
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
University of North Carolina Wilmington has named two new members of its administration. Rigoberto J. Rincones-Gómez is the new assistant provost of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The university has also appointed John P. Scherer II as its general counsel. His hiring was approved by the UNC Board of Governors on Sept. 18.

Talent show benefits Kelly House
“Cape Fear’s Got Talent!” benefiting the Kelly House for Women and Infants will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Scottish Rite Temple. Winners will be chosen by well-known individuals from the community including UNCW Vice Provost for External Affairs Lori Messenger.

Bookmarks - Prologue features mystery novelist
One of the few events in Wilmington that wasn't rained out last Sunday was the N.C. Arts Council reading at the Cameron Art Museum. Featured were N.C. poet laureate Shelby Stephenson and local writers who are recipients of N.C. Arts Council fellowships this year: UNCW poet Anna Lena Phillips Bell; novelist Wiley Cash ("This Dark Road to Mercy"), screenwriter Laura DeBar and Sheila Webster Boneham.

UNCW students organize Rock for the Cure breast cancer fundraiser
This is the ninth year that the Communication Studies Society, a UNCW student organization, has collaborated with musicians to create an evening of live music to raise funds for New Hanover County Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project

Residents of contaminated town wary of government efforts
Washington Post
A coordinating group of federal and state environmental officials called the Natural Resources Trustee Council is spending $23 million to restore natural resources in Navassa, NC. The public comment period for the restoration funds was set to expire Sept. 4, but was extended to Nov. 4 at the behest of the town, which is working with the University of North Carolina Wilmington to come up with ideas for restoration.

Ruegg steers his boat sales business
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Jason Ruegg started reselling boats while still a college student at UNCW. He recently moved his office for Off the Hook Yacht Sales from Wrightsville Beach to a new location on Market Street.

Where the Venus flytrap grows 
The Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve lies in the middle of the University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus. The 10-acre wooded area was set aside to protect native plants of the region. Nestled among the mile or so of wooded trails is an insectivorous garden, where we discovered the stunning truth: The Venus flytrap is tiny.

First in Flight: North Carolina and the Surge of Collegiate Recovery 
Huffington Post
North Carolina is a prime example of unity, collaboration and promoting recovery throughout the state. On Sept. 29, the recovery program at the University of NorthCarolina Wilmington (known as the CRC Hawks for their Seahawks mascot), hosted their inaugural "Celebration of Recovery" event. The panel discussion and open house featured students in recovery from UNCW, UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, and NC State.

Editorial - A Blue Devil and a Tar Heel win big
North Carolina taxpayers, donors and generous alumni have helped build up our state as one of the world's focal points of cutting-edge research. This resource might be in danger, as our state legislators have decided that our state universities, including UNCW and Chapel Hill, need to be put on an extreme cash diet.

Independence Mall shoppers to see 'no difference' despite foreclosure
The general manager of Independence Mall said operations continue normally as the owner of most of the mall's space goes through a foreclosure proceeding after defaulting on a $110 million loan. Rob Burrus, dean of the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, says the general public won’t likely see much of an impact.

Mentor Teacher of the Year named
The Daily News
Sharon Edwards, a third grade teacher from Summersill Elementary, was named this year’s Mentor Teacher of the Year. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW reorganizes Center for Marine Science, gives Baden new role 
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Eyeing opportunities for growth in its marine science sector, University of North Carolina Wilmington is making changes within the Center for Marine Science. University chancellor Jose Sartarelli confirmed Wednesday that Daniel Baden, who has directed the center for the past 16 years, is assuming a new role.

Biomarine Convention Spotlights Wilmington
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
About 300 scientists, biomarine entrepreneurs and government representatives from 17 countries converged on the Port City for the sixth annual Biomarine Business Convention, which was based at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station but included tours of UNCW’s CREST Research Park and a reception on the fantail of the Battleship North Carolina.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Names New Chief of Staff 
Wilmington Journal
The University of North Carolina Wilmington announced Tuesday that Bradley Ballou will serve as the university’s new chief of staff.

Author is National Book Award finalist (Story includes reference to Michael White being a semifinalist) 
Michael White, chair of the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, had made the "long list" of semifinalists in nonfiction for his memoir-essay "Travels in Vermeer," but he was not among the final five.

7 things to do this weekend
Classical music duo Harmonie del Sur is the collaboration of oboist Lauren Murray and trumpeter Robert Murray. The duo has played Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and now they come to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where they'll be joined by soprano Nancy King and pianist Elizabeth Lopartis.

Restaurants can get certified as “ocean friendly”
Lumina News
Every Monday this summer, Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean volunteer Ginger Taylor walked a stretch of Wrightsville’s beach strand less than a mile long gathering trash. She picked up 258 single-use plastic straws. Now WBKIC, along with UNCW’sPlastic Ocean Project and Surfrider volunteers, have developed an “ocean-friendly establishment” certification for local restaurants that pledge to only serve straws on request. 

Edgerton, Bender, Boneham to speak at AAUW luncheon
It’s almost time again for “Lunch With Carolina Authors,” courtesy of the nice ladies of the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The lunch is on Saturday, Nov. 7, at UNCW’s Warwick Center. The lineup of author-speakers is a little shorter than in past years, but it’s top drawer and A-list: UNCW’s Clyde Edgerton, Karen E. Bender and Sheila Webster Boneham.

POETRY WITHOUT WORDS: Pam Toll's latest collage-like works hang at PinPoint Restaurant
Buoyancy pervades Pam Toll’s most recent show, titled “Water, Myths and Echoes,” now on display at PinPoint Restaurant through Oct. 20. Toll is cofounder of Acme Art Studios and assistant professor in the art and art history department at UNCW

Face-lift coming for Independence Mall? 
The future of Independence Mall could be similar to recent efforts to modernize the shopping experience, according to experts who are watching the mall's upcoming foreclosure proceedings. "I absolutely think a largely changed Independence Mall is a part of its future," said Edward Graham, a finance professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington who specializes in real estate.

Wilmington Women's Club keeps on giving 
The University of North Carolina Wilmington reported a total of $51,521 given by the club over 50 years. Almost every charitable agency in Wilmington has benefited from the funds earned by the club.

Is that costume offensive? UNCW students discuss diversity issues 
UNCW students Marquis Duncan and Connor Smith said they have seen UNCWmaking strides for better cultural understanding and to grow in diversity in many aspects.

Dr. Skipper named Pender Co. Principal of the Year 
Dr. Edith Skipper, principal at Pender Early College High School, was named Pender County Schools Principal of the Year during a reception held Oct. 12 in Burgaw. Skipper received her Ed.D. in educations Leadership from the University of NorthCarolina Wilmington.

The Scene
Port City Daily
The Vienna Boys Choir comes to UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. tonight. With a performance history dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, the choir is world renowned for its arrangements of Lehar, Lanner and Strauss, in addition to the choir’s original works. UNCW’s ninth annual Rock for a Cure breast cancer benefit concert is set for Friday at The Reel Cafe. UNCW senior Lake Gibson will perform at 6 p.m., followed by the university’s unofficial faculty rock band, The Schoolboys, at 7.

UNCW's Entrepreneurship Week Will Begin Nov. 2
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (sponsored content)
UNCW's Entrepreneurship Week is scheduled this year for Nov. 2-6. This weeklong series of events includes numerous speakers and seminars.

Growing Marine Microbes In Search Of New Compounds
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (sponsored content)
Nature is a laboratory that has been creating chemical compounds for billions of years. Human scientists are working hard to discover some of those chemicals, and to figure out how they might be useful for us. That is an important aspect of the work going on right now at UNCW’s CREST Research Park.

Why Entrepreneurship Is Optimism In the Future
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (sponsored content)
We need to support organizations and events that are promoting entrepreneurship in the region. The UNCW CIE has recently undergone a revamp to focus on student entrepreneurs and the business community in general with monthly events.

Experienced Seahawk women's basketball team looks to hang banners
Lumina News
In the rafters of University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Trask Coliseum hang a handful of banners recognizing the accomplishments of the school’s basketball program. In the corner hangs a WNIT banner that recognizes the women’s team, which in more than 40years of playing basketball, made its lone trip to the postseason with a 2011 trip to the women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Elon downs UNCW soccer team 2-1 

Senior midfielder James Brace scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute to lead No. 11 Elon to a 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNCW at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Additional coverage: StarNewsPort City Daily

Inspiring Messages From a Coach

Wall Street Journal
Jerry Wainwright, former head coach at three NCAA Division I level colleges: DePaul, Richmond and University of North Carolina Wilmington, sends about 300 to 500 handwritten notes each week to former players, as well as many coaches and managers. He’s been doing it for 30 years.

Mull Again: Wilmington calls Fountain again

Former UNCW basketball player Daniel Fountain has returned to Wilmington and is now the head pro at Echo Farms Golf Course.

Hoops (M): Locker room renovation underway 

The UNCW men’s basketball team is less than a month away from debuting its revamped lineup at Trask Coliseum. Big changes are coming to its locker room, too. Work began Wednesday on a $475,000 renovation project funded by private donations. The Seahawks will use the adjacent general men’s locker room for the next several months until the overhaul is complete.

UNCW-Elon men's soccer game moved to Ashley High School 

The Colonial Athletic Association men's soccer game between UNCW and Elon, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, has been moved to Ashley High School due to wet field. 

Additional coverage: WWAYStarNews 

Matthews leads early charge in UNCW hoops 
Florida native Mark Matthews was the first freshman to join the 2015 recruiting class for UNCW coach Kevin Keatts. The sharp-shooting guard from Florida made his oral commitment to the UNCW men's basketball team last August.

Dixon High's Matt Elmore commits to UNCW basketball 
Kevin Keatts figured to be in the market for a big man in the Class of 2016. TheUNCW men's basketball coach didn't have to look far to find one. Matt Elmore of Dixon High School in Holly Ridge gave an oral commitment to the Seahawks on Monday night.

Meredith Peacock named CAA Offensive Co-Player-of-the-Week
Senior middle hitter/blocker Meredith Peacock has been named Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Co-Player-of-the-Week after leading UNCW to a 3-0 week by hitting .491 with 34 kills.

Seahawks baseball staff still settling in
UNCW will have to replace two weekend starters and All-Colonial Athletic Association closer Jordan Ramsey in the spring, but its staff is hardly depleted. Six pitchers who made at least 13 appearances are back for 2016.

UNCW weekend capsule: men's, women's soccer; Volleyhawks rally 
Port City Daily
After opening the month of October with a pair of tough results against James Madison and No. 2 North Carolina, the UNCW men's soccer team used a little home cooking to get back in the win column with a 3-1 victory over Drexel in a rain-soaked Colonial Athletic Association game at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Saturday evening.
Additional coverage: WECT

Tribe down UNCW women 1-0 
In Sunday’s Colonial Athletic Association game between UNCW and William & Mary, it was the Tribe who gained the lone goal en route to a 1-0 win over the Seahawks at Martin Family Stadium.

Diamond Hawks come from behind to be Czech Republic 8-7
Kennard McDowell’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth completed the comeback as UNCW edged the Czech Republic National team, 8-7, in an exhibition game on Friday at Brooks Field.