UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Oct. 5 - 9

New rules set for oyster shell use
This summer's budget battle in the state house yielded an unlikely winner: the lowly oyster. The budget expands shellfish sanctuaries in Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds and calls for more state investment in oyster seeds and the UNCW hatchery.

Farmers hope new oyster bed leases generate revenue
UNCW's N.C. Shellfish Siting Tool helps farmers compare wetland sites. Oysterman Tim Holbrook used the tool to zero in on his Masonboro location, ideal for oysters with its gentle currents, consistent salinity and low boat traffic.

Mid-Atlantic and Southeast schools prepare for Joaquin
In North Carolina, the University of North Carolina Wilmington will remain completely operational and open through the weekend, while Elon University in Elon, N.C., has cancelled all weekend sporting events but is keeping facilities open.

Young social entrepreneurs to pitch ideas at Discovery Forum this Thursday
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
This Thursday, young people representing nine social entrepreneur startups will pitch their concepts to an audience at UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

CIE Incubates Blue Fission
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (sponsored content)
UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) provides excellent resources, professional advice and a great facility in which new businesses can prosper. Entrepreneur Devon Scott, CEO of Blue Fission, is a tenant at CIE and grateful to work so closely with our business experts.

Faircloth first American Indian chair
Susan Faircloth is the first American Indian chair in UNCW history. A professor and chair of the Educational Leadership Department, she comes with many years of teaching and leadership experience.

Book explores unwed mothers in fiction
In 2007, Janet Ellerby, a professor of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, published "Following the Tambourine Man," a memoir of her experience as a teenage unwed mother in the 1960s. Now, Ellerby has published "Embroidering the Scarlet A: Unwed Mothers and Illegitimate Children in American Fiction and Film."

White or black? Sometimes it's not so clear-cut
In 1987, UNCW professor Melton McLaurin discussed color identity complexities while documenting personal life experiences in the book, “Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South.”

In Case You Missed It - Top stories from the past week
Corals may be disappearing from reefs in Florida, but a team from the University of North Carolina Wilmington says one organism is effectively taking over the real estate left behind: giant barrel sponges.

RAISING THE CURTAIN: Artsplosion! opens the new CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center to the public
Venue partners, Thalian Hall and UNCW's Kenan Auditorium, have maintained close connections with Shane Fernando, director of the Humanities andFine Arts Center, and the center to support and collaborate. They’re bringingThe Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre Residency and Performance, co-presented by UNCW Presents and Thalian Hall.
Additional coverage: StarNews

UNCW students design voice-activated controls for household system
Lumina News
Working on a grant from an international Fortune 100 technology company, University of North Carolina Wilmington computer science students are testing a home automation system that gives users control of many household functions by speech commands.

First black student to integrate New Hanover County public schools dies at 65
Aaron McCrae, the first black student to attend an all-white school in New Hanover County, passed away last week at 65. His family says he died from liver cancer. In 1962, McCrae became the first black student to walk into the then all-white Chestnut Street Junior High School. He went on to attend New Hanover High School and graduated from UNCW.

Margie Lean Shields, 75, avid reader who retired from the UNCW cleaning service
Port City Daily
Margie Lean Shields, of Wilmington, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was a member of College Acres Baptist Church. She retired from the cleaning service at UNCW and was an avid reader and craft maker.

Closings and cancellations
Cape Fear Academy, all after-school activities cancelled. UNCW, both Wilmington and Onslow site, classes and events canceled for Monday.

9-year-old completes UNCW women's soccer family
In 2012, the UNCW women's soccer team officially adopted Baylee Adkins to the roster with a ceremony through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Now 9, Baylee continues to battle an inoperable brain tumor with weekly chemotherapy treatments. She's backed the Seahawks through wins and losses over three-plus seasons. They've supported her through birthday celebrations and hospital visits.

Northeastern downs UNCW women's soccer 3-2
For the third consecutive game, UNCW found itself needing more than 90 minutes to gain a decision as the Seahawks battled defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Northeastern to overtime on Sunday afternoon at Parsons Field.

UNCW volleyball falls in 5 sets to Hofstra
UNCW rallied from a 2-0 set deficit to force a fifth set, but Hofstra, the defending conference champions, was able to stave off the Seahawks with a strong offense for a 3-2 Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association match at Hanover Hall.

UNCW women's soccer beat Hofstra 2-1
Senior forward Maddie McCormick (Alexis I. DuPont H.S./Newark, Del.) scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 92nd minute, to lead UNCW to a 2-1 overtime victory over Hofstra in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Friday evening.

Seahawks and Dukes play to scoreless draw
Junior goalkeeper Sean Melvin (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) made four saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season as No. 18 UNCW earned a scoreless tie against James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association match at University Park on Saturday evening.

First volleyball match at Trask Coliseum in nearly 16 years is a win for UNCW
Fueled by a match-high 13 kills from Meredith Peacock and nine kills apiece from Nicole Lott and Katie McCullough, UNCW rolled past visiting Delaware 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-18) on Monday in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action at Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily; StarNews

Storm, Hume Send #2 UNC Past Pitt
Go Blue Ridge
UNC hosts nationally-ranked UNCW on Tuesday at 7 p.m. As part of the “Fill Fetzer” promotion, all tickets are $3 for the match against the Seahawks.

UNCW basketball gets down to business
Kevin Keatts had flexibility in charting his preseason schedule. The UNCW men's basketball coach – with 42 days to hold 30 preseason practices – opted to officially start his second season right away Friday afternoon on the first day players could take the court. He scheduled workouts for today and Sunday, too.

Starting in the sand: UNCW takes a shot at beach volleyball
During the last three or four years, UNC Wilmington volleyball coach Amy Bambenek started a folder and filled it with information on area Division I beach volleyball programs. Her data included projected costs, scheduling notes, roster sizes, any nugget she thought might be relevant. Bambenek received word in late April that the Seahawks were set to serve and spike in sand in the spring of 2016.

Dexter Cooley honored with Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award
Charlie Adams Distinguished Service: Robbie Cauley, athletic director, Pender County schools. A graduate of North Carolina State University who earned his masters at UNC Wilmington, he has served the NCHSAA in a number of ways on special committees, including the Education and Athletics Committee currently.

UNCW men's basketball looks to replace experience with talented newcomers
Lumina News
When Kevin Keatts took the reins of the UNCW basketball program last year, the coach had a crew of upperclassmen that had laced up many times for Seahawks games. This year, three starters are gone from the team that went 12-6 in the conference. Replacing them are eight newcomers, including four freshmen and four transfers.

Grundy's trust pays off in freshman's role with UNCW basketball
UNCW freshman Trey Grundy needed an extra year of prep school because of a knee injury, but his patience -- both with himself and in recruiting with coach Kevin Keatts -- has paid off.

UNCW women's basketball host media day
With its first official practice in just two days, the UNCW women’s basketball team met with the local media on Wednesday afternoon in Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily

Haywood dismissed from UNCW men's hoops
According to a news release, the 6-4, 185-pound Junior guard out of Charlotte, was recently suspended for violating team rules. "Jarvis did not comply with the team rules and standards we have for our basketball program," UNCW Head Coach Kevin Keatts.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Mull again - UNCW golfers shake off rain, past
Finding time to practice golf between the raindrops has been a challenge this semester for the UNCW men’s golf team.

Baseball - Seahawks release 2016 schedule
The Seahawks 2016 schedule was released on Thursday. The team will play 35 home dates, including the season opener.
Additional coverage: WECT

CAA Preview: Hofstra, James Madison head balanced field
Northeastern, William & Mary and UNCW all lose critical pieces off of last year’s roster. UNCW loses their two leading scorers and three of their top five players. Kevin Keatts is a terrific coach, but the Seahawks look primed to take a small step back this season.

Reagan has its first Hall of Fame
Winston-Salem Journal
Reagan High School is writing yet another opening chapter Friday as it welcomes its inaugural class of the Reagan Hall of Fame. Rachel Wilson Lowe is among the first former athletes to be included in the school’s Hall of Fame. She was named 2010 UNCW swim team rookie of the year and served as team captain during the 2012-2013 season.