UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Jan. 12 - 15

UNCW begins process of hiring next chancellor
Star News
A search consultant updated the University of North Carolina Wilmington Chancellor Search Committee Wednesday on the progress toward finding the institution's next chancellor. More than 50 candidates are in the applicant pool, with applications still coming in.

Editorial - UNCW students enrich community as they develop
Star News
When people think of UNCW's impact on Wilmington, first thoughts often turn to its effect on the economy, on traffic and on the neighborhoods where students live. Less obvious, however, is the amount of time those students give back to their community. It is substantial.

STEM Conference Exemplifies UNCW Community Efforts
Time Warner Cable
Every so often, some would argue not often enough educators get a chance to be a student. That happened Friday at UNC Wilmington's Watson College of Education where they hosted the inaugural K-12 STEM Education Conference. Teachers from across Southeastern North Carolina learned about different opportunities to incorporate STEM into their lesson plans.
*This segment aired statewide in all markets: Coastal, Triangle, Sandhills and Charlotte

Teachers get schooled in STEM at UNCW conference
Port City Daily
In a change of roles, teacher Kimberly Oakley stepped down as head of the class Friday morning to take a seat as a student. Oakley was one of dozens of educators from across the state who attended the First Annual K-12 STEM Education Conference at UNCW's Watson College of Education.

Teachers look to bring new techniques to the classroom
UNCW's Watson School of Education held the first annual STEM Education conference today. "The importance of science, technology, engineering and math can't ever be questioned," said Sam Houston, the CEO and President of the North Carolina Science, Math, and Technology Education Center.

Wilmington Math Teacher Implements Classcraft, An Educational Role-Playing Computer Game
Classcraft is a role-playing game, designed to be used as a classroom management tool. The random event does more than help focus students. It teaches them a life lesson. That's according to Dr. Raymond Pastore, a UNCW professor who researches computer-based tools and gaming in education.

UNCW provost accepts New York college president post
Port City Daily
Denise Battles, current Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, has been selected as the next president of the State University of New York Geneseo, according to UNCW officials. She will remain in her role at UNCW through the spring semester.
Other coverage includes: Greater Wilmington Business Journal, WWAY, WECT, Time Warner Cable Newsand Star News

New UNCW hire will focus on diversity and inclusion
UNCW's first Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. W. Kent Guion is originally from North Carolina and is returning to the Tar Heel State with 25 years of experience in higher education and the 2014 NCAA award for Diversity and Inclusion.
Other coverage: Port City Daily

Pining for Art: Anne Lindberg unveils new exhibit, In the Pines, at UNCW
After moving to Wilmington in 2013 to teach foundations, drawing and painting at UNCW, artist Anne Lindberg spread her roots locally and dug deep into the ecosystem's lengthy history. Inspired by her research, next Thursday, January 15, Lindberg will unveil her exhibit of paintings and mixed-media drawings, called "In the Pines."

Black Mountain College, pine trees inspire art exhibits
Star News
Two art exhibitions open on the campus of UNCW this week. "Black Mountain College: Avant-Garde Art and Literature in North Carolina, 1933-57" celebrates the legacy of Black Mountain College, the experimental school founded in the North Carolina mountains in 1933 by John Andrew Rice. Across campus, UNCW Assistant Professor Anne Lindberg's "In the Pines" features paintings and mixed media drawings based on map imagery of the long leaf pine ecosystem.

How One Building Reveals What's Wrong With Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
On the heels of its inaugural football season, the University of Maryland announced bold plans: The Board of Regents' Finance Committee unanimously agreed to move forward with construction of a new building that would transform Cole Field House, an old basketball arena turned student activities center, into a "dynamic hub at the intersection of athletics, academics and research."
*Op-ed written by Kevin R. McClure, an assistant professor in the Watson College of Education

Wilmington to host 13th Annual Southeastern North Carolina's Celebration and Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
Lumina News
The week of MLK celebration culminates with the downtown Wilmington parade Monday Jan. 19. Included in the scheduled events is the UNCW 2015 MLK Celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 20 Kenan Auditorium with keynote speaker Angela Davis.

Activist Angela Davis to speak as part of MLK Jr. Celebration
Star News
Angela Davis, an activist who rose to national prominence in the late 1960s, is slated to speak in Wilmington as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
Other coverage: WWAY

Feast Down East Hosts 2015 Conference
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Feast Down East, also known as the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program, will host its annual regional conference Feb. 6. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of North Carolina Wilmington's Burney Center.

Four area students win annual Richard Deas Concerto Competition
Star News
Four area students have been named winners in the 18th annual Richard Deas Concerto Competition. Trumpeter James Yates and saxophonist Jessica Small were named winners of the university division. Yates and Small currently study at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Other coverage: Beach Carolina Magazine

Review - Some truth emerges in 'Love Happens'
Star News
"Love Happens," which has been turned into a dinner theater production at TheatreNOW and will run through Valentine's Day. The story follows the blossoming romance of two young San Diego adults on the cusp of 30, Donna (Maria Katsadouros, excellent) and Tom (David Doumeng, equally good). Katsadouros, a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's theater program, gives Donna a believable intellectual heft, an urgency and a vulnerability that feels very real.

UNCW Students to Rally Over Proposed Cuts to Sports
Time Warner Cable News
Students are leading a rally from 12 p.m. to 1 in the UNCW amphitheater on Monday to protest the chancellor's recommendation to cut four sports programs. School leaders say order for them to meet NCAA requirements they will add women's sand volleyball. Officials say they will honor the scholarships of student-athletes affected by the cuts.
Other coverage: WWAY andWECT

Outlook remains bleak for UNCW track & field
Star News
A group of UNCW track and field supporters made its pitch Tuesday afternoon, outlining the case to save the program from the chopping block before several high-ranking university officials. Interim chancellor William Sederburg remains unconvinced.

New Raleigh group brings another half marathon to Southeastern N.C.
Star News
Raleigh-based Race 13.1 is scheduled for its debut on Feb. 22. It starts and ends at Lumina Station and takes runners through UNCW's campus. Wilmington has long stuck out to regional vice president Dan Mercer. He's a former UNCW basketball player who played professionally in Australia before returning to North Carolina in 2013.

Descendants of Civil War soldiers gather for Fort Fisher battle anniversary
Star News
While staffers prepared Fort Fisher for celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, descendants of some of the men who fought were off on a basketball court, comparing notes. Besides storytelling, the descendants heard lectures from local history librarian Jennifer Daugherty and retired historian John Haley from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Onslow County students heading to regional Science and Engineering Fair
Onslow County Schools held its Science and Engineering Fair for elementary and secondary students Jan. 13, 2015. 10 elementary and 10 secondary projects were chosen to move on to the regional Science and Engineering Fair to be held in early February at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Other coverage: WITN

Hoops (M): Freddie Jackson named CAA co-player of the week
Star News
The UNCW men's basketball team rode Freddie Jackson's steady play on both ends to a rare three-win week. On Monday, the Colonial Athletic Association recognized the senior guard as its co-player of the week.
Other coverage: WECT

Seahawk standout, New Hanover alum earns CAA Player of the Week
Port City Daily
UNCW senior guard Freddie Jacksoncollected Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Co-Player of the Week honors on Monday after sparking the Seahawks to three straight wins and into the upper echelon on the league's leaderboard.

Seahawk soccer standout invited to train with Canada's National Team
Port City Daily
UNCW sophomore goal keeper Sean Melvinhas been invited by Canada's Men's National Team to train in preparation for a pair of international friendlies against Iceland later this month.

UNCW hoops standout Williams struggles, but expects return to form
Star News
Cedrick Williams spent the final moments before Thursday's tipoff against Delaware doling out fist bumps, business as usual before his 107th career college basketball game.

CAA schedule a delicate balance for everyone
Star News
For the UNCW men's basketball team to stay near the top of the Colonial Athletic Association standings, it will have to survive road tests this week at conference contenders William & Mary and Hofstra. And the travel that comes with them.

UNCW gets one-point overtime win against Delaware
Port City Daily
UNCW erased a six-point deficit in the last 42 seconds of regulation to force overtime and rallied in the extra period for a heart-stopping 74-73 victory over Delaware in Colonial Athletic Association action Thursday night at Trask Coliseum.

Hoops (M): Drexel Game Day
Star News
The Seahawks haven't won three straight CAA games since Jan. 2012, and this should be a winnable one. The Dragons appear headed for a spot at the bottom of the CAA standings.

UNCW men win third in a row
Star News
UNCW again found a way, this time with a rugged effort to overcome 32 points from the CAA's leading scorer, Damion Lee. The Dragons only had eight healthy players, and the Seahawks made sure the junior guard didn't get much help.
Other coverage: WWAY

Hoops (M): Freddie Jackson leads winning streak, plus other notes
Star News
Another game, another sparkling stat line for Freddie Jackson. The senior guard didn't leave the floor in Saturday's 64-57 win over Drexel at Trask Coliseum, piling up 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

UNCW women finish off Charleston to move to 2-1 in CAA
Star News
Adell Harris has a full roster for the first time since she took over the UNCW women's basketball team. She also has one of the best players in program history That combination has helped the Seahawks to their best start in the past three seasons. Other coverage: Port City Daily and WWAY

Seahawks, Tribe hook up in matchup of 3-1 CAA teams
UNCW men's basketball Coach Kevin Keatts calls his team's upcoming slate of three conference road games in eight days "the toughest stretch since I've taken the job."

Seahawks can't hold 22 point lead against Tribe; UNCW falls to 3-2 in CAA
William & Mary stormed back from a 20-point halftime deficit to rally past visiting UNCW, 76-72, in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball action Wednesday night at Kaplan Arena.
Other coverage: Star News, Port City Daily, Daily Press, Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Drexel defeats UNCW in women's basketball
Port City Daily
Junior guard Shatia Colematched her season high with 14 points, but it was not enough as the Seahawks dropped a 58-53 decision to Drexel in a CAA game at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon.
Other coverage: WECT

UNCW ranked in preseason ITA Tennis Poll
Port City Daily
Two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association men's tennis champion UNCW is ranked 50th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason poll, marking the fifth consecutive season the Seahawks have been included in the group's top-50 at the beginning of the spring season.

UNCW track athletes confront uncertainty as training continues
Star News
Everybody returned to aging Greene Track for practice this week. Coach Jim Sprecher didn't lose any of them between last month's announcement and the official start of the spring season.

UNCW Track & Field relays with top times
Track & Field News released its final rankings for the 2014 year of competition and a pair of UNCW relays are among the top times in the nation.

UNCW women aim for steadier effort in two-game roadtrip
Star News
Adell Harris has been leaning on Kelva Atkins and Brie Mobley to carry her team's offensive load. When they both go cold on the same night, it usually spells trouble. That was the case Sunday at Drexel, when the duo combined to score only 14 points on 2-for-20 shooting. They also committed an uncharacteristic 10 turnovers.